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Differences Between Stress, Arousal, and Anxiety

What are the similarities and differences between stress, arousal, and anxiety? How can each be considered positive or negative? What are the psychological and physiological characteristics of each of these states? This solution will answer these questions and provide real-world examples.

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The concepts of stress, arousal, and anxiety are often confused, yet they represent distinct physiological and psychological states. This solution will help you to understand the differences between them.

Stress is the non-specific (general) response of the body to any demand made upon it by an external or internal source. Despite the common use of the term "stress" (ex: "I'm so stressed out right now"), not all stress is bad. In fact, the term "eustress" refers to positive stress. You might experience eustress when preparing for or engaging in an intense, exciting, or demanding task, such as an athletic competition or a musical performance. "Distress" refers to ...

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This solution will help to differentiate between the similar yet distinct concepts of stress, arousal, and anxiety. This solution also discusses the positive and negative aspects of these concepts, as well as their psychological and physiological characteristics. Real world examples are given to aid in illustration.