Fear is a strong, intense emotion that is felt in the presence of quite immediate danger. If the danger is real, fear is subjective and personal, because the imagination plays an important role in the perception of this danger. Panic and anxiety, however, are softer feelings. Anxiety is a vague feeling of malaise, which translates as a state of apprehension, quite intense distress and nervousness: knots in the throat and/or stomach, difficulty breathing, palpitations, perspiration etc. Panic often comes as an attack (while anxiety can be more long-term).