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Category Archives: fear
Anxiety is one of most common psychological disorders in recent times due to the complexity of the roles of the individual and his/her basic and diverse responsibilities, which is reflected in increasing his/her fears and anxiety of future life (Schmid, Phelps & Lerner, 2011). Muschalla, Linden & Olbrich (2010) points that anxiety is an emotional state whose intensity is associated with thinking in the future and it is categorized into state anxiety and chronic anxiety. It is associated with the future, the job and also work-related fears.
Being the most common feature in our times qualified our times to be probably called an era of anxietyowing to its contradictions and challenges, the lack of opportunities for self-fulfillment, over stress and poor social relationships and values, which leads to a sense of tension and anxiety associated with our inability to predict what will happen in the future.
Future anxiety is one of the anxieties that simultaneously emerged with Toffler’s launching of the term Future Shock (1970); Zaleski (1996) indicated this concept which refers to a state of apprehension, fear, uncertainty and anxiety of undesired changes expected to occur in the future. This fear of the future could include a variety of anticipated threats including physical threats, such as illness or accident, or emotional threats, for example the loss of one of the family members. These threats vary in terms of severity, and future anxiety may include the individual’s fear of failure in achieving his/her goals and aspirations.