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.
Topics focus on what the agency calls "free-floating anxiety issues" important to soccer moms, such as finances and health.
Fireflies offer an apt emblem for the sly and wry sensibility that suffuses many of Hicok's observations throughout the collection, such as in "The Bald Truth" and "Mortal Shower," poems concerning that middle-age physique, "Free-floating Anxiety Sounds like a Pretty Balloon," an inventory of existential malaise, and "Building a Painting a Home," a paean to daydreaming.
It is characterized by excessive, chronic worry, free-floating anxiety and jitteriness.
FREE-FLOATING anxiety. It sounds almost pleasant doesn't it?
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.