Trait And State Anxiety
‘State’ anxiety is the intense anxiety state we experience when something causes us to feel temporarily anxious. For example, we might experience this type of anxiety if a dog runs out in front of our car when we are driving. When the moment passes (and the dog is safely on the pavement again), the anxiety retreats and we feel normal again. Trait anxiety refers to the relatively stable individual difference between individuals in that some individuals have a tendency to become more anxious than others in situations that are likely to provoke anxiety.