Relaxation-induced anxiety: Mechanisms and theoretical implications

Frederick J. Heide, T. D. Borkovec

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Literature evidence documenting the occurrence of relaxation-induced anxiety is reviewed, and several hypothesized mechanisms to explain the phenomenon are discussed. Possible avenues for circumventing the problem in therapy are offered. Finally, a theoretical model is presented wherein the phenomenon is viewed with a broader framework designed to explain the development and maintenance of the more generalized anxiety disorders. That framework emphasizes the emergence of fear of somatic anxiety cues and fear of loss of control from more fundamental interpersonal anxieties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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