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Stress and Your Body | [The Great Courses, Robert Sapolsky]

Stress and Your Body

Feeling stressed? You're not alone. Stress is an inherent aspect of life that can have tremendous negative effects on your mental and physical health. This makes coping with stress a critical part of how well we live.Once you understand the inner workings of your stress response system, you'll possess powerful knowledge that will help you understand and better deal with this common aspect of your busy life.

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Publisher's Summary

Feeling stressed?

You're not alone. Stress is an inherent aspect of life that can have tremendous negative effects on your mental and physical health. This makes coping with stress a critical part of how well we live.

Once you understand the inner workings of your stress response system, you'll possess powerful knowledge that will help you understand and better deal with this common aspect of your busy life. Now, from one of the world's foremost researchers on stress and neurobiology, comes a fascinating series of 24 lectures that guide you through the psychological and psychosocial stress that is a central part of everyday life in Western society.

You'll learn how the stress-response system is actually a natural survival system-giving, for example, a zebra the best chance to escape from a pursuing lion - that can change from a safety mechanism into a real problem for our physical and mental well-being. You'll see it coming into play against situations it wasn't designed to combat, such as traffic, troublesome thoughts and memories, and concerns over the economy, environment, and international events. And you'll gain valuable insights into how and why stress can affect every part of your body-including your cardiovascular, digestive, and immune systems - and learn about its relationship to important disorders and behaviors, like depression, anxiety, and even addiction.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2010 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2010 The Great Courses

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    Amazon Customer HOUSTON, TX, United States 09-06-13
    Amazon Customer HOUSTON, TX, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "got stressed out just listening"
    What would have made Stress and Your Body better?

    I am very interested in the content of the course and no offense to the narrator but the constant fluctuations in his voice stressed you out just listening to the book. I have listened to other books from the Great Courses and loved them.



    Would you be willing to try another book from The Great Courses? Why or why not?

    yes, most definitely


    Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Robert Sapolsky’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    very annoyed.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 01-31-14
    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not a bad primer for understanding stress"

    I had just finished Robert Sapolsky's "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers" when I started this. Honestly, after the zebra book, I would have skipped this one had I not already purchased it. However, this one turned out to be quite a bit better. There is a lot more attention given to the brain and brain processes in response to stress, and there is more meat and less fluff in this one. I will, however, reiterate what I said about the zebra book. DON'T READ THIS IF YOU'RE STRESSED!. Once again, the author, himself, cautions, after he's read most of the book, that if you aren't stressed by that point, you haven't been listening. And once again, there isn't that much about stress relief.

    The author was a decent narrator, but not stellar. I listened to it at 2x or 3x. The material was interesting and logical in its presentation, but I thought it went on about certain points for too long.

    Overall, this is a good primer about what happens when you get stressed, and there some material here for dealing with it. I could recommend this for someone with a scientific interest in stress or psychology, but there are better books about stress relief and coping methods.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda 11-07-13
    Lynda 11-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I wish I listened to this 12 years ago!"
    What did you love best about Stress and Your Body?

    I have been diagnosed with several stress disorders the most pervasive being Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Listening to this book melded a ton of medical information I have learned over the years from a variety of rehab session/doctors together and now I now have a better understanding on what is happening inside my body! Thanks very much!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both! I am now a more informed patient speaking to my medical team also.


    Any additional comments?

    I will have to listen to more of these books - they are a great learning experience! Better than going to university and attending classes for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Toric Radav 07-08-14
    Toric Radav 07-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic, Real Information, No Fluff"
    What does Professor Robert Sapolsky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Professor brings emotion and life to the text. I plan to purchase the workbook for this lecture series and listen again to get the most out of the information.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Belinda Bywong NSW, Australia 05-13-14
    Belinda Bywong NSW, Australia 05-13-14
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    "Robert Sapolsky's makes learning entertaining"
    If you could sum up Stress and Your Body in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, interesting, life-changing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Prof Sapolsky's style just makes him a winner. He's my new hero.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Robert Sapolsky’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is the first


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    24+ courses was too big to listen in one sitting, but I have started to listen again. This has just made so much sense and the structure of the courses makes it easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to quite a few of the great courses, and I believe that if this is a subject you are interested in, this is a stand out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "So interesting it's almost addictive"
    Where does Stress and Your Body rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best non-fiction audiobooks I have ever downloaded. Robert Sapolsky has studied stress for a very long time, but manages to make it easy to understand for the lay person, and really draws you into the subject. It is absolutely fascinating. I confess I do also own the actual book and didn't manage to finish it because it was hard going, but this audio presentation was perfect because he really brings the subject alive. I couldn't stop listening. A word of warning - this audiobook is exactly what the title says - the effects of stress on your body, which it explains in great detail. It does not go into a great deal of depth on how to cope with the various stressors in your own life, you pretty much have to work that out for yourself (or buy a different book). Brilliant, nonetheless. I loved it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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