Stress and Your Body : The Great Courses: Better Living

  • by The Great Courses, Robert Sapolsky
  • Narrated by Professor Robert Sapolsky
  • 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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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.

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- Amazon Customer

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.

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- Drew "Say something about yourself!"

Book Details

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