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Stress Without Distress
How to use stress as a positive force

Selye, Hans
Publisher:  Signet Books, New York, USA
Year Published:  1975   First Published:  1974
Pages:  193pp  
Resource Type:  Book

Stress is the spice of life, according to Selye. Without it you would be a vegetable -- or dead. Then why can stress be descturctive, causing ulcers, heart disease, and other ailments?

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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION

1. THE STRESS OF LIFE
WHAT IS STRESS?
Sterss is the nonspecific response of the body to any demand made upon it
WHAT STRESS IS NOT
Stress is not merely nervous tension
Stress is not always the nonspecific result of damage
Stress is not something to be avoided
Complete freedom from stress is death
THE EVOLUTION OF THE CONCEPT
The laboratory approach to the concept of nonspecificity
How could differenct stimuli produce the same result?
How could the same reaction produce different lesions?
Syntoxic and catatoxic responses
Can we improve on Nature's own defenses?
Raising the body's thermostat of defense
The relativity of specificity in desease and treatment

2. MOTIVATION
REFLECTIONS AND EGOTISM
The evolution of altruistic egotism
Collaboration among cells
Collaboration among separate living beings
Collaboration amongy societies
THE OPTIMAL STRESS LEVEL
The effects of stress may be long-lasting, even after the stressor has ceased to act
The synergy of team work
Frustration
WORK AND LEISURE
Man must work
Stress is the spice of life
What is work and what is leisure?
Social implications
My rose garden
Stress and aging
What is duty?

3. WHAT IS THE AIM OF LIFE?
AIMS AND MEANS
Short-term goals
Long-term goals
Conscious aims
The ultimate commitment
THE CRAVING FOR APPROVAL AND THE DREAD OF CENSURE

4. TO EARN YOUR NEIGHBOR'S LOVE
"THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF"
"EARN THY NEIGHBOR'S LOVE"

5. RESUME
OBJECTIVES OF OUR GUIDELINES
To supply us with purpose
To provide a natural code of ethics
THE BIOLOGICAL ROOTS OF OUR CODE
Nonspecificity vs. specificity
Altruistic egotism
The triphasic nature of adaptability
Activity is a biological necessity
Choose carefully between syntoxic and catatoxic behavior in daily life
The general acceptability of our code
Prescription for enjoying a full life

GLOSSARY

BIBLIOGRAPHY
PRINCIPLAL PUBLICATIONS UPON WHICH THIS EASSAY IS BASED
ADDITIONAL ANNOTATED REFERENCES

INDEX





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