25 thoughts on “Stress, Portrait of a Killer – Full Documentary (2008)”

  1. Robert Sapolsky on stress. It is National Geographic documentary but with
    some, from “decent”, mainstream point of view, subversive statements. Nice
    watch.

  2. Robert Sapolsky on stress. It is National Geographic documentary but with
    some, from “decent”, mainstream point of view, subversive statements. Nice
    watch.

  3. National Geographic (Robert Sapolsky – Stanford University) – “Prolonged,
    sustained, excessive stress and your similar response to it, not only
    causes deterioration of your brain, but it also compromises your immune
    system; your ability to fight off diseases.
    Thousands of years ago, we mostly lived until we either starved, were
    accidentally poisoned or we were eaten by another animal. Now, we have the
    distinct ability to slowly kill ourselves over a period of about 80 years
    with chemical laced foods, too much alcohol and prolonged reaction to
    stressful events. All are avoidable, if we make the choice to do so.
    Unfortunately, most of the people who really need the information in this
    documentary will never see it and the vast majority who do see it will
    ignore it. Only those determined to live a quality life for as long as
    possible will pay attention to this video. At the present time, 1 in 4 of
    us will die in a state of dementia or with Alzheimer’s. If you want to
    increase your odds against that happening, then watch this video, pay
    attention to it, re-watch it several times and invest in a scientifically
    proven brain fitness program.”

  4. I already thought Dr. Sapolsky was cool before seeing him using a blowgun
    to hit a baboon with a tranquilizer dart. 🙂

    “One of the first things I discovered was that I didn’t like baboons very
    much,” he says. “They’re quite awful to one another, constantly scheming
    and backstabbing. They’re like chimps but without the self-control.”

    I dislike baboons too. They remind me of office people. XD
    I wish I was kidding! :/

    “Mr. Sapolsky has spent 30+ years studying baboon populations in Kenya.
    Here’s the highlights:

    Baboons spend approximately 3 hours a day foraging/eating.
    The other 9 hours, they fill with picking on each other
    Baboon society is of strict hierarchy – Alpha males pick on subordinates
    (usually females and non-alpha males), who in turn kick, chase, taunt those
    below them (teenagers and children).
    Thousands of blood tests over the years have shown – If you’re near the top
    – Low Stress and better health. Bottom? Oober Stress and attendant
    stress-related health disorders
    The baboons all eat the same diet. They all have the same health care plan.
    To date, none of the baboons have been observed drinking beer, smoking
    cigs, driving a classy car or showing off their designer jeans to those in
    the clan who can’t afford them.
    Those at the lower rungs of the social scale exhibit many chronic ailments
    that in the human world are associated with Poverty, Malnutrition, etc.,
    etc.”

  5. This is the documentary on Stress, by Robert Sapolsky who is a professor of
    Neurobiology at Stanford Uni.

    Just under an hour, it’s an hour well spent. Begins looking at the biology
    of the stress response and then stresses in primate behaviour relating
    largely to violence. Makes some fascinating observations as to the nature
    of stress and violence in contemporary society.

    Have a think about this in connection with issues like workplace bullying.
    Later I’ll link to James Gilligan’s lecture about violence and social
    roles…

    #RobertSapolsky #stress #violence 

  6. your position/level at work can be measured in your blood.

    just to add to that stress, 🙂 , your chronic stress is very very bad for
    you.

    Here’s a documentary on some interesting studies and findings on stress and
    why people have to be extra careful.

    See, stupid animals get stressed for smart reasons. Smart animals get
    stressed for stupid reasons.

  7. only if it matters to u, this is the power of the mind wich animals dont
    have, if u are happy and dont give a shit and u have nice cool hobies and u
    work out and u strong and can beat your boss if u feel like, u happy, if
    u care waht other people thinks no shit u stressed

  8. in america ppl are stressed partly cuz they work more than they want, in
    conditions they dont like, and get paid less than their worth. another
    thing which is gonna stress ppl out is environmental destruction resulting
    in declining food productions and clean water supplies, not to mention
    pollution

  9. Very insightful. This will influence how I do certain things. The only
    things I question are that I see just as many stressed people at the top of
    the hierarchy as I do at the bottom. The person’s attitude plays a role as
    well, one independent of the concept of rank. Also, the alpha males may
    have just died because they ate more of the infected meat, since they get
    first pickings.

  10. I left a good paying job in downtown Los Angeles, where it took 45 minutes
    to drive the 14 miles to work. Sold my home in CA and moved to TX. I have
    a part time job, keep my debt to a minimum and relax with my loved ones.
    This spring I will raise as much as of my own food as I can. I make a
    point to turn off the TV, turn off my phone and stay away from my PC when
    not working or doing school work.

    These are all conscious efforts to reduce my stress. I still have a job, I
    still pay my bills, but when I’m at home I disconnect from the world and
    reconnect with me.

  11. Never obey anyone’s command unless it is coming from within you .
    There is no God other than life itself.
    Truth is within you, do not search for it elsewhere.
    Love is prayer.
    To become a nothingness is the door to truth. Nothingness itself is the
    means, the goal and attainment.
    Life is now and here.
    Live wakefully.
    Do not swim—float.
    Die each moment so that you can be new each moment.
    Do not search. That which is, is. Stop and see.

    Osho

  12. He is absolutely correct, stress doesn’t just deteriorate telomeres, and
    shrinks the brain, it does more than that, it wakes up also dormant
    diseases. But the problem is; the susceptibility to stress vary from one
    person to another, some people are cool nothing bothers them, some other
    people are very easily to get stressed. I believe genes and heredity play a
    major role in this matter. 

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