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Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers


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A fascinating, charming tour of stress science. Although it is detailed to a fault in places, Sapolsky’s attempt to make it palatable is downright heroic. The book’s main lesson is that stress is definitely a serious health issue, though “it would be utterly negligent to exaggerate the implications of this idea.” Humans have a unique capacity to react to imagined threats — psychological stress — but we differ dramatically in our vulnerability to them. To some extent that vulnerability can probably be managed, but “it’s complicated.” To the extent that we can reduce stress, “80 percent of the stress reduction is accomplished with the first 20 percent of effort.”

(Curiously, this book is cited or quoted more than any other single source on PainScience.com: Sapolsky is referenced almost 200 times in about three dozen articles.)


item type
a book
author
Robert M Sapolsky
publisher
Times Books
year
2004

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