Variables that Affect Fear and Anxiety

Variables that Affect Fear and Anxiety
Variables that Affect Fear and Anxiety


There are also some variables that affect fear and anxiety, but they do not necessarily trigger anxiety itself.

This is going to be very similar to the last post, but you should NOT mistake triggers for variables.

Triggers are ensured to have a cause or change how the anxiety is manifested in a person, while the variables do not necessarily have to do that. Also, variables can be very specific versus triggers, which aren’t (most of the time) that specific.

Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia

Driving: having the window open or closed, being alone versus being accompanied, the amount of traffic, etc.

Buses and trains: your distance from the door, the distance between the stops, etc.

Crowded places: the number of people, distance from the door, alone or accompanied, etc.

Enclosed spaces: the size of the area, the presence of windows, people, etc.

Social Anxiety and Shyness

Aspects of the other person or people: age, gender, closeness, smart, confident, etc.

Aspects of the situation: lighting, formality, number of people, etc.

Generalized Anxiety and Worry

How you feel physically: sad, tired, etc.

Getting reassurance.

Obsessive-Compulsive Concerns

Using a compulsion or safety behavior: checking, counting, cleaning, washing, etc.

Getting reassurance.

Anxiety Related to a History of Trauma

Sexual assault: being alone when leaving the house, being familiar with the people around you, night or day, etc.

Car accident: speed, traffic, size of the car, type of road, weather, etc.

Specific phobias

Animals: the size of the animal, how the animal moves, if it is restrained or not, if it looks angry, etc.

Blood: the format of the presentation of the blood (like TV, on a person, etc.)

Needles: size of the needle, location, environment of exposure, etc.

Flying: sie of the plane, duration of the flight, airline, weather, turbulence, etc.

Driving: the same ones as in the section “ar accident”

Heights: distance from the ground, open height versus closed in, distance from the edge, amount of movement around you, etc.

Storms: severity of the storm

Water: depth of the water, natural versus man-made

Vomiting: type of food being eaten, amount of motion on the boat or car trip, etc.

Choking: Size of the object to be swallowed, type of food being eaten, etc.

Tests and exams: the familiarity of the material, amount of study, the format of the test, etc.


The variables that may affect YOUR fear and anxiety

Below you will find an attachment. It is a printable table so you can asses the variables that you think may affect your fear, worries, and anxiety. You can use the examples that we explained before, but it would be useful for you if you could come with some other examples of your own.


Table 2. variables


Variables That Affect My Fear and Anxiety
Variables That Affect My Fear and Anxiety

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