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In stress response, there is a reaction which the body instantly respond when exposed to the stressor.
For example, when you go outside in winter with not much cloths on, you get goose bumps. "Getting goose bumps" is the stress response by the body because of the exposure to stressor called "chill." In this occasion, we donft think, "Letfs have goose bumps because itfs cold." We only think, "Itfs cold." We even get goose bumps when we donft feel cold. It works like this. The sense organ catches the coldness, then it goes to the brain. Finally, the brain orders to protect the body. The goose bumps are the stress response caused by the brainfs order. We got a stress at place that has no connection to our mind, within our body, and the stress response occurred.
On the other hand, there are stress responses caused by interpreting the stressor after recognizing it. There are few people who gets stomach aches before the tests and exams because of anxiety. This is also a stress response due to interpretation of tests and exams as something that donft like, or not good at. When it was a simple set of questions that has no effect on grades, that person would take it with no problem. In both cases, the questions are the same, and what is going to answer is the same, but there are stomach aches happening and not happening. The only difference is that there is bad "image" to a test. You can see from this example that some stress responses depend on psychological matters. In this case, what kind of image one would get for an event, or how the stressor is interpreted would cause large difference on stress response.
Letfs call the stress response that was caused by our bodies automatically sensing the stress as "physical stress response." Also, letfs call the stress response that was caused by interpretation of stressor and psychological condition as "psychological stress response."