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Somatic anxiety is anxiety provoked by bodily symptoms of tension such as butterflies in the stomach. It is commonly contrasted with cognitive anxiety which is that provoked by mental concerns or worry. These different components or dimensions of anxiety are especially studied in sports psychology.[1]


  1. Rainer Martens, Robin S. Vealey, Damon Burton, Competitive anxiety in sport, pp. 6 et seq., 

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  • {{{author}}}, Patterning of cognitive and somatic processes in the self-regulation of anxiety: effects of meditation versus exercise, [[{{{publisher}}}|{{{publisher}}}]], June 1978.

  • {{{author}}}, Contrasting Concepts of Competitive State-Anxiety in Sport: Multidimensional Anxiety and Catastrophe Theories, [[{{{publisher}}}|{{{publisher}}}]], August 2002.
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