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Main article: Anxiety

A well accepted theory of anxiety originally posited by Liebert and Morris in 1967 suggests that anxiety consists of two components; worry and emotionality. Emotionality refers to physiological symtpoms such as sweating, increased heart beat and raised blood pressure.

Worry refers to negative self-talk that often detracts the mind from focusing on the problem at hand. For example, when students become anxious during a test, they may repeatedly tell themselves they are going to fail, or they can't remember the material or that their teacher will get mad at them. This thinking interferes with focussing on the test as the speech areas of the brain that are needed to complete test questions are being used for worrying.


Worry/'wari/-v(-ies,-ied) 1 give way to anxiety. 2 harras, importune; be a trouble or anxiety to. 3 (of a dog ect.)shake or pull about with the teeth. 4 (as worried adj.) uneasy.

Worry -n. (pl -ies) 1 thing that causes anxiety or disturbs tranquility 2 disturbed state of mind; anxiety. Worrier n. (Old English, = strangle.) (aK&Mpro)

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