Author(s): Robert M. Sapolsky
Renowned primatologist Robert Sapolsky offers a completely revised and updated edition of his most popular work, with over 225,000 copies in print
Now in a third edition, Robert M. Sapolsky's acclaimed and successfulWhy 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.
Preface Why Don't Zebras Get Ulcers? Glands, Gooseflesh, and Hormones Stroke, Heart Attacks, and Voodoo Death Stress, Metabolism, and Liquidating Your Assets Ulcers, the Runs, and Hot Fudge Sundaes Dwarfism and the Importance of Mothers Sex and Reproduction Immunity, Stress, and Disease Stress and Pain Stress and Memory Stress and a Good Night's Sleep Aging and Death Why Is Psychological Stress Stressful? Stress and Depression Personality, Temperament, and Their Stress-Related Consequences Junkies, Adrenaline Junkies, and Pleasure The View from the Bottom Managing Stress Notes Illustration Credits Index
Robert M. Sapolsky is a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research, National Museum of Kenya. He is the author of A Primate`s Memoir and The Trouble with Testosterone, which was a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist. A regular contributor to Discover and The Sciences, and a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation `genius` grant, he lives in San Francisco.