As with physical stress, the effect of a psychological stressor depends upon the Scuba diver. For example, suppose three Scuba divers are about to make their first Bali Scuba dive in a current with a group. All three have fears about getting swept away in the current, and all three aren't sure whether they're up to the Bali Scuba dive. 

The first Scuba diver reacts by talking to the Bali Scuba dive master.He doesnt express his concerns, but asks the Bali Scuba dive master to repeat the procedures. After hearing the procedures again, the Scuba diver concludes that the Bali Scuba dive is a new experience, but within his abilities. In this case, the Scuba diver reacted by seeking additional knowledge, which altered his beliefs (fears) and allowed him to be confident, reducing the stress to an acceptable level.

The second Scuba diver announces that he's reconsidered the Bali Scuba dive and has decided against it. This Scuba diver doesn't believe he loses face by doing this, or perceives that the risk of the Bali Scuba dive outweighs an embarrassment that may result. In this case, the Bali Scuba dive master didnt reassure the Scuba diver reacted by removing the stressor.

The Bali Scuba dive masters procedures also didn't reassure the third Scuba diver; however, this Scuba diver feels he will lose face if he doesn't Bali Scuba dive. In this case, the Scuba diver continues to prepare for the Bali Scuba dive, and stress rises unchecked.