Stress and Your Body : The Great Courses: Better Living

  • by The Great Courses, Robert Sapolsky Ph.D. Rockefeller University
  • Narrated by Professor Robert Sapolsky Ph.D. Rockefeller University
  • Series: The Great Courses: Better Living
  • 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Lecture

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.


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So interesting it's almost addictive

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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.

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- Carol El Hawary

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.
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- Joz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses