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Perception/anxiety/defensive distance//Corr: Although we can equate defensive distance with real distance, it is more accurately seen as a perception; that is, an internal quantity that defines defensive reactions to a fixed unit of threat (i.e., magnitude x distance). This rather humble statement provides an immediate explanation for ‘neurosis’; that is, individual differences in the susceptibility to neurotic disorder. a more defensive person (for simplicity here, defined so as to cut across both fear and anxiety) will perceive a threat of a fixed objective value as being more threatening (i.e., closer) than a less defensive person. >Anxiety/Corr, >Drugs/Corr.



Philip J. Corr, „ The Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory of Personality“, in: Corr, Ph. J. & Matthews, G. (eds.) 2009. The Cambridge handbook of Personality Psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press


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Corr I
Philip J. Corr
Gerald Matthews
The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology New York 2009

Corr II
Philip J. Corr (Ed.)
Personality and Individual Differences - Revisiting the classical studies Singapore, Washington DC, Melbourne 2018


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