August 1, 2004
August 1, 2004
Now in a third edition, Robert M. Sapolsky's acclaimed and successful Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers features new chapters on how stress affects sleep and addiction, as well as new insights into anxiety and personality disorder and the impact of spirituality on managing stress.
As Sapolsky explains, most of us do not lie awake at night worrying about whether we have leprosy or malaria. Instead, the diseases we fear-and the ones that plague us now-are illnesses brought on by the slow accumulation of damage, such as heart disease and cancer. When we worry or experience stress, our body turns on the same physiological responses that an animal's does, but we do not resolve conflict in the same way-through fighting or fleeing. Over time, this activation of a stress response makes us literally sick.
Combining cutting-edge research with a healthy dose of good humor and practical advice, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers explains how prolonged stress causes or intensifies a range of physical and mental afflictions, including depression, ulcers, colitis, heart disease, and more. It also provides essential guidance to controlling our stress responses. This new edition promises to be the most comprehensive and engaging one yet.
Part pure science and part humor, this book by stress expert Robert Sapolsky maintains that humans just were not cut out to deal with the stress of modern life. Citing scientific studies of animals and their reactions to stress impulses, Sapolsky posits the theory that humans are physically constructed to handle short-term adrenaline rushes, and not long-term, chronic stress that seems to be the nature of human existence today. Sapolsky immerses the reader in an alarming discussion about the connection between anxiety, depression, and actual responses in the body that can cause disease and illness. An ample sprinkling of Far Side comics throughout the book shows Sapolsky recognizes that it does no good to despair. It might actually make things worse.
- Genre: Health + Wellness, Self Improvement, Psychology
- Subgenre: General, Healthy Living, Stress Management
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Robert M. Sapolsky
- Online Item #: 11338867
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-6519
- ISBN: 9780805073690
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported