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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Veronica Peterson on 01-19-16

It was so good I will have to listen to it again!

Would you consider the audio edition of Stress and Your Body to be better than the print version?

Don't know, but I personally prefer audio books... So I would guess yes.

What did you like best about this story?

The way in which science was explained in stories.

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

Amazing reader, loved his tone and funny jokes. Really couldn't image this being read by anyone else.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The information on stress and PFC function and stress and socio-economic status. Very moving.

Any additional comments?

I am a neuroscientist looking at the influence of psycho social stress on various systems in the body. I admit that this book was nerd heaven for me, but could see how the layman may find the information overwhelming.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kelid on 01-07-16

Useful, insightful, and amusing.

The first 2/3rds of this were depressing, down to earth, and contained examples and information from studies to back up the point....but there were moments of humor now and then to lighten the tone also. This takes a good look at stress and how stress impacts many things, as well as many types of things which generate stress. Using many points of information, a pattern begins to emerge, which allows the listener to know what types of things will cause what types of mental responses, and what types of physical responses follow. To really enjoy this and make use of it, it may be helpful to pause after this book and just let it all soak in. I liked this quite a lot. Thank you!

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By Carol El Hawary on 04-21-14

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

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4 out of 5 stars
By Joz on 04-21-15

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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By Anonymous User on 10-10-17

such enthusiasm!

got this audibook as it sounded interesting. it was great! learnt alot and the lecturers enthusiasm was awesome.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-16-17

Great listen! I want to live in his beard!

Very well constructed and narrated with an ever lasting trail of new and useful info... 👍✌️

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