Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

by Robert M. Sapolsky
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Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805073690
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/2004
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 39,481
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

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.

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From Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers:

Regardless of how poorly we are getting along with a family member or how incensed we are about losing a parking spot, we rarely settle that sort of thing with a fistfight. Likewise, it is a rare event when we have to stalk and personally wrestle down our dinner. Essentially, we humans live well enough and long enough, and are smart enough, to generate all sorts of stressful events purely in our heads. How many hippos worry about whether Social Security is going to last as long as they will, or even what they are going to say on a first date? Viewed from the perspective of the evolution of the human kingdom, psychological stress is a recent invention. If someone has just signed the order to hire a hated rival after months of plotting and maneuvering, her physiological responses might be shockingly similar to those of a savanna baboon who has just lunged and slashed the face of a competitor. And if someone spends months on end twisting his innards in anxiety, anger, and tension over some emotional problem, this might very well lead to illness.

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
1Why Don't Zebras Get Ulcers?1
2Glands, Gooseflesh, and Hormones19
3Stroke, Heart Attacks, and Voodoo Death37
4Stress, Metabolism, and Liquidating Your Assets57
5Ulcers, the Runs, and Hot Fudge Sundaes71
6Dwarfism and the Importance of Mothers92
7Sex and Reproduction120
8Immunity, Stress, and Disease144
9Stress and Pain186
10Stress and Memory202
11Stress and a Good Night's Sleep226
12Aging and Death239
13Why Is Psychological Stress Stressful?252
14Stress and Depression271
15Personality, Temperament, and Their Stress-Related Consequences309
16Junkies, Adrenaline Junkies, and Pleasure335
17The View from the Bottom353
18Managing Stress384
Notes419
Illustration Credits517
Index521

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Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing for anyone who is stressed, was stressed or will be stressed in their lives. Sapolsky has a great ability to write for the biologist and the average person alike without the feeling that it is 'dumbed down'. As a biologist 'read: stressed' this book was the perfect way for me to realize that we are creatures built for short intense bouts of stress rather than the prolonged stress that we encouter ever day. Sapolsky defines the different types of stress, teaches the mechanisms of that stress and the bodily systems it affects and then even goes so far as to give ways to cope. The author has a great sense of humor so the book is never dull and boring, like your average science textbook. Not your typical self-help book. A great read for zebras and humans alike.
aikiguy More than 1 year ago
A great book and an introduction to some amazing science of the human mind and body. I can't recommend it enough. Although dense with science, it is craftily hidden in cool stories. You get to the end smarter, entertained, and understanding yourself much better.
SportCoach More than 1 year ago
This author is a humorous writer, describing the human predicament as one we have great control over but only if we choose to. This book is completely thorough in describing the effects of stress which are both good and bad. It is a bit more technical but if you don't mind rereading some text, you won't need any other book on the subject. There are no secrets to a healthy lifestyle, just a lot of common sense, valuing health and prioritizing life. This book describes both the why and the how of a healthy lifestyle.
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Maria Muni More than 1 year ago
Thank you Radiolab for introducing me to Robert Sapolsky
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