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This review is from: Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, Third Edition (Paperback)This book has helped me understand the science of stress and some unpleasant results that I've been experiencing. I'm someone who always wants to know WHY certain things are happening, and finds that helpful when figuring out how to fix them. I really like the author's tone: He's a scientist, but one with a great sense of humor and also a lot of compassion. This book, while not exactly New Agey/touchy-feely, is also not cold and clinical as it explains the biology behind stress and how it affects body and mind. Once you reach the point where you say, "OK, now I understand how stress is affecting me ... Now what do I DO about it?," you'll probably need resources other than this book. But if, like me, you like to start out with a good understanding of what the problem is, then this book is a great place to find that foundation.
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Initial post: Dec 29, 2006 8:36:28 AM PST
Well put! That's how it worked for me as well - a witty, thoughtful explanation of the WHY behind how stress takes its toll on the body that motivated me to do something to reduce my stress. This book was life-altering for me.
In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 9:53:53 AM PDT
My husband has a very high stress job, and unfortunately, we need his income. I'm curious to know what you have done to reduce your stress. Has it been successful?
Posted on May 3, 2012 4:37:39 PM PDT
Jack Apple says:
Valuable review. I came to seek out the work of Robert Sapolsky upon seeing a National Geographic special, "Stress: Portrait of a Killer" (available on DVD - I rented it from Netflix) where he and other scientists relate their findings about baboon society/hierarchy and stress, and how it relates to us. Pretty exciting stuff. One of the findings, that goes to what one can do about the effects of stress, is that the way we frame our view of ourselves outside the social constructs and hierarchies, can prove profoundly beneficial to our general well-being. Like you said, one of the things that comes across from Sapolsky in his interviews is how compassionate and honest he is.
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