Robert Sapolsky on stress. It is National Geographic documentary but with
some, from “decent”, mainstream point of view, subversive statements. Nice
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.”
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.,
An interesting documentary
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
#RobertSapolsky #stress #violence
Why it is not healthy to be part of a group of undeveloped baboons (an
ongoing study @ Stanford ).
“Are we brave enough to learn from the baboons?”
Very good documentary on stress.
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
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.
“Stress: A Portrait of a Killer”
Stress, Portrait of a Killer – Full Documentary (2008)
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
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
this theory is horse shit.
Too much feelgood in this docu IMHO.
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
“like baboons and British civil servants…”
…Oh but I’m repeating myself.
Hyak hyak hyak :D
Can’t tell if running next to lion to protect young or because retarded?
Maybe this is part of why the Scandinavian countries often are at the top
of happiness-scales :)
How status in group hierarchy effects stress and that can manifest as
multitude of negative physiological effects. ..
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.
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.
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.
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.
Psych students are stressed because they have to watch this video for
This is awesome.
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