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4 Types of Angst

 , November 14, 2018
Angst is a feeling of fear and uneasiness. The term implies anxiety related to deep philosophical questions as opposed to more superficial sources of worry such as social and economic pressures. The following are common types of angst.

Existential Angst

Existential angst is fear related to freedom of choice. This is described as an understanding that an individual is free to shape their life and the world around them. Individuals may view this as both thrilling and terrifying.

Teenage Angst

Teenage angst is the existential angst experienced by children as they make the transition from being dependent and shielded by their parents to being an adult who is fully responsible. This typically results in a healthy period of rebellion whereby youth begins to challenge the status quo. If this doesn't occur a person may continue to view themselves as a child who is not responsible for the world around them.

Will to Power

Will to power is a motivation to reach your full potential by leveraging your freedom and abilities. This is a common response to angst. Angst can be viewed as the root of much, if not all, motivation.

Last Man

The last man is a concept used by philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to describe a rejection of the will to power. The last man seeks to avoid freedom in the constraints of society and culture. Nietzsche describes the last man as seeking only comfort and security while avoiding risk. The last man is secretly unhappy and intensely jealous of the will to power. They seek rules, regulations, systems and other constraints to prevent freedom. The last man uses ideals of equalness, harmony and risk management to prevent people from using the will to power to get ahead in life.
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A feeling of fear and uneasiness related to deep philosophical questions.
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