Dr. King distinguishes anxiety from fear, noting that fear is directed toward things, while anxiety is directed toward nothingness.

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[Underlined: Anxiety] Anxiety is the awareness of finitude, and is thoroughly as omnipresent as is finitude. As such it must be distinguished from fear, which is directed toward definitive objects and can be overcome by action. Anxiety cannot be overcome by action, for no finite being can conquer its finitude. Anxiety is ontological; fear is [Page 2] psychological. Like Kierkegaard and Heidegger, Tillich regards anxiety as directed toward ?nothingness.?
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