chapter  2
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The Concept of Anxiety (1844)

Pursuing the term “psychology” chronologically through Kierkegaard’s published titles may lead us to quite unexpected results. One such unpredictable aspect of this arises from the method applied in this present investigation. Starting from a formal perspective was necessary in approaching a text that appeared to be more united by digressions in all directions than any other obvious unifying feature. This resulted in some form of understanding, which, however, is certainly not comprehensive when it comes to all the layers that may be revealed in Repetition. On the other hand, we must admit that the ambiguity in this term “repetition” intuitively seems to have much to do with the nature of psychology itself—such that if Kierkegaard’s “psychology” primarily refers to the relationship between experiences and their representations, the term seems to fit very well with a conceptualization of what psychology is seen to be about today.