From a world-respected neuroscientist, an eye-opening study of why we react to pressure in the way we do and how to be energized rather than defeated by stress.
Why is it that some people shine brilliantly at public speaking while others stumble with their words and seem on the verge of an anxiety attack even speaking up in a department meeting? Why do some of us sink into all-consuming depression when life has dealt us a poor hand, while in others it increases their resilience?
The difference between experiencing too much pressure and too little can result in either debilitating stress or lack of motivation in extreme situations. However, the right level of challenge and stress can help people flourish and achieve more than they ever thought possible. InThe Stress Test, clinical psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist Ian Robertson, armed with over four decades of research, reveals how we can control our brain's response to pressure and turn stress into a good thing.The Stress Testis a revelatory study of how and why we react to pressure as we do, and how we can change our response to stress to our benefit.
"Robertson’s enlightening theories on brain chemistry make fascinating food for thought and will help readers see the upside of stress." -Publishers Weekly
"The author, who writes clearly for a popular audience, had identified the equivalent of a wonder drug that plays an important role in maintaining cognitive ability as we age. An intriguing overview of important developments in brain research, specifically as it relates to finding ‘the right mental balance we need for each challenge that faces us." - Kirkus Reviews
"Fascinating . . . Filled with case studies and thoughtful commentary, this eye-opening book is sure to inspire thoughts on the effects of stress and the importance of facing life head-on." -Booklist Online
"[T]here are good and bad types of stress, and Robertson provides suggestions regarding rethinking how individuals respond to life’s vagaries, thereby learning to positively cope with stress. A prologue, six chapters, and an epilogue do a fine job convincing readers that stress sometimes changes one for the better." -CHOICE
"You can change, and here’s the proof. This compelling examination of a scientific revolution helps us understand how we can learn to harness stress." - Oliver James
"A cutting edge neuroscientist whose important research is done in great depth . . . who also has the ability to step back and explore the big picture." - Norman Doidge, author of THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF
"An engaging tour of psychology, brain science, and personal narrative that reveals how sometimes stress can make us stronger." - Elaine Fox, author of RAINY BRAIN, SUNNY BRAIN
"Being in great mental and physical health gets more and more important for me every day . . . The idea that stress, properly managed, can be helpful intrigues me. Dr. Robertson has the clinical expertise and research experience that helps point the way." - T. Boone Pickens
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