The Meaning of Anxiety
This is the first in the series of works which, progressively, locates personal distress in the social world rather than simply inside the individual. More than the other works, this considers the phenomena of distress, in particular anxiety, from the standpoint of the individual's subjective experience.
Anxiety is a natural response to the reality which from time to time breaks through the comforting illusions we are encouraged to believe about our lives and our 'selves'. The experience of psychological distress is therefore not so much a mark of abnormality or illness as an indication that there are aspects of the sufferer's world which need attention.
Schijn en werkelijkheid. De zin van de angst. Ambo, 1986.
Ångestens innebörd - myter och verklighet. Bonniers, 1986.
Illusion et réalité. La signification de l'anxiété. Aubier, 1990.