free-floating anxiety


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free-floating anxiety

[¦frē ¦flōd·iŋ aŋ′zī·ə·tē]
(psychology)
Severe, generalized, persistent anxiety not specifically ascribed to a particular object or event and often a precursor of panic.
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Vague, free-floating anxiety or teenage angst is not enough for this assignment.
It is characterized by excessive, chronic worry, free-floating anxiety and jitteriness.
The result is this free-floating anxiety I was telling you about.
However, this insight, brought to light by the perspicuity of its own intensely focused inner gaze, is quite literally cut away and released like a lonesome space-capsule into the void of free-floating anxiety that dominates the book's atmosphere.