To be anxious is to experience persistent concerns or fears or worries about something specific, or about life in general.
Many of us feel anxious when we're preparing for a driving exam or about to board a plane, and it's also common to feel anxious when the world feels dangerous and uncertain: no specific worry, just a vague cloud of potential horrible outcomes that weighs on our minds.
Anticipatory anxiety is a preemptive version of the same.
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