203 ONTOLOGICAL INSECURITY AND REFLECTIVE PROCESSES Stephan P. Spitzer The ability to specify the end states which the human organism is committed to maintain makes it possible for theories of anxiety to identify the stimuli which threaten to detract from those states, and thus elicit anxiety responses. And while the ob- jectives which the human is committed to maintain are multifarious, and the means to those ends are equally diversified, the ground work for the study of anxiety was laid by a theorist for whom the end state specified and the means to the end were one and the same. In Kierkegaard's (1844, 1849) theory of anxiety the basic ob- jective of the organism, i.e., the affirmation of existence, is at- tained via the act by which existence is affirmed. While this may appear tautological, it means simply that the end state to which the organism is directed is a state in which it is aware of itself (reflective), and this state is reached by the act of placing itself in its own field of view (reflection). Insofar as reflective processes are concerned, it is Kierkegaard's contention that the development of such processes provide the machinery by which
Journal of Phenomenological Psychology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1977
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