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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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

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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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Toric Radav 07-08-14
    Toric Radav 07-08-14 Member Since 2014
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jenn 04-14-15
    jenn 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Witty and informative."

    I am taking a stress management course in college and this goes along with the course so well! I loved the lecturer was able to bring humor into a topic which can seem dull to many. Overall I would suggest this stop anyone wanting a perspective on what stress does to individuals and an introduction to awareness needed for stress management.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda 11-07-13
    Lynda 11-07-13 Member Since 2011
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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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    Amazon Customer HOUSTON, TX, United States 09-06-13
    Amazon Customer HOUSTON, TX, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2014
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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.


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Dubito Ergo Sum Vancouver BC 08-20-15
    Dubito Ergo Sum Vancouver BC 08-20-15 Member Since 2014

    Super skeptic, reality poet, mega geek, & science nerd extraordinaire.

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    "Understanding an Integral Part of Being Human"
    Would you listen to Stress and Your Body again? Why?

    Not only is stress a persistent feature of our lives, but learning about the systems of our bodies it affects also means we learn more about who we are and why we do what we do.


    What other book might you compare Stress and Your Body to and why?

    The other lecture series the teaching company has done with Sapolsky, all of them excellent and entertaining.


    What about Professor Robert Sapolsky’s performance did you like?

    An eclectic and witty character gives a unique and memorable performance. You wouldn't expect to find humor in a lecture series on stress, but regular comic relief on Sapolsky's part enlivens the experience.


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

    His emphasis on the perils and consequences of coping strategies that make the problem worse, despite best intentions. Victim blaming, and assuming control where none is to be found can have profound psychological consequences... and those facts hit hard hard if you recall a memory where you've done this, like I did.


    Any additional comments?

    Read his memior, and find his talks on youtube, for more of this really interesting guy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Drew Texas, USA 08-08-15
    Drew Texas, USA 08-08-15 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Informative and enteraining, but not very helpful."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would certainly recommend this book to anybody interested in, or dealing with, stress, anxiety or depression. The course is very informative, and Dr. Sapolsky is an excellent communicator and educator. My only complaint is that, after listening to the first 22 lectures I was hopeful that the last 2 would provide more help and advice on how to deal with, or manage, stress. Dr. Sapolsky provides us with an excellent review of the current understanding about the impact of stress on the body. But, sadly, it there seem to be few known, reliable, ways of coping with stress. Exercise might help, meditation might help, but I found the course a little light on other potential strategies.


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

    This is my 3rd Great Course, and my 1st from Robert Sapolsky. I am very grateful that Audible gives us well-priced access to these exceptional learning resources.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Poppie Dawg 07-13-15
    Poppie Dawg 07-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Simply Technical or Technically Simply"

    Excellent in the way that all the "Doctor Terms" were simplified down to an easily understandable concept.
    A bit of dry humor lightened up the stress inducing topics.
    I will indulge myself and revisit this very interesting series of lectures.

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    Ryan Mann Deland, FL, US 05-14-15
    Ryan Mann Deland, FL, US 05-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "As always, Sopalsky delivers"

    Clear, concise and clever. Not unlike this review. Sopalsky is a top notch lecturer with a knack for simplifying complex material.

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  • C. Buckroyd
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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


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • sohrab esfehani
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    "Loved it. Highly recommend it."

    I strongly recommend this great course by professor Robert Sapolsky of Stanford. I'm glad that he himself has narrated the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chesterfield, United Kingdom
    4/21/15
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    "Bite size"

    The contents are broken down into 20-30 minute sections which allows me the time to do a low computational task (walk, drive) while listening to a section.

    The level of understanding before the book is minimal and the outcome very informative!

    Thus style of book is both convenient and easy on the brain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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