Key Points: The 14 Day Stress Cure
Written by a practicing physician (internist) who has been helping people cope with stress for more than twenty years.. Explains what's wrong with current advice about stress.
Debunks five key myths that are widely promoted by stress management experts. Shows that stress is not an inevitable part of life, that there's no such thing as "good" or "healthy" stress, and that managing stress can actually be harmful to our health and well- being. Based on a new model for understanding human stress called Biolinguistics. Outlines a step-by-step approach for coping with stress that is much more powerful than stress management. Illustrates this step-by-step approach with numerous real-life examples. Consists of fourteen chapters, each of which is to be read and reflected upon in a day. Each chapter concludes with a few thought-provoking exercises. Subjects covered include: how to deal with anger, frustration, worry, guilt, and other negative emotions; how to prevent or eliminate relationship conflicts; how to reduce stress at work; how to cure stress-related physical complaints; how to deal with the stress of public speaking, raising children, retirement, financial crises, and much more. Contains four appendices also of great value.
Contains an annotated Suggestions For Further Reading section as well. Copies can be ordered ($24.95 plus S&H) 24 hours a day via Amazon.com
Notable Quotes From The First Five Chapters Of
The 14 Day Stress Cure
". . . we keep suffering from stress not because life itself is so stressful, but because we misunderstand what stress really is, what causes it to occur, and what we can do about it." (p. v.)
"We have not been taught to identify the real causes of our stress--many of which are hidden from our view--nor have we been trained to deal with these causes once they are identified. In my experience, once people learn to do these two things--identify the hidden causes of their stress and deal with these causes successfully--they can reduce or eliminate most of the stress they normally experience." (p. xiv.)
"This book will also introduce you to a whole new way of understanding yourself as a human being. It will provide you with a new way of comprehending your thoughts, feelings, moods, and emotions that is very different from currently accepted mind-body theories. This new viewpoint--called Biolinguistics--is already beginning to change our understanding not only of stress, but of many human problems such as obesity, drug addiction, relationship conflicts, among others." (p. xvii.)
". . . 'stress' is a word that stands for problems and conflicts that occur either outside or inside our bodies (p. 5.) Thus, whenever we say we are 'suffering from stress,' we are really suffering from problems or conflicts that are painful or troubling to us." (p. 7.)
"Each specific problem or conflict we experience has specific underlying causes. Knowing how to 'win' against stress means knowing how to identify and deal with these causes effectively." (p. 9.)
"Events, situations, and other external pressures are rarely the primary cause of any 'stress' we experience." (p. 18.)
"In the final analysis, all of the causes of human stress proposed to date arise from two--and only two--types of internal factors--conversations and action patterns--which are usually not obvious to us unless we know how to look for them. THE MAJOR PURPOSE OF THIS BOOK IS TO SHOW YOU HOW TO IDENTIFY AND DEAL WITH THESE INTERNAL CONVERSATIONS AND ACTION PATTERNS SUCCESSFULLY." (p. 23.)
"I do not mean to imply that stress is caused only by internal factors. External factors, social factors, cultural factors, and situational factors also play a role. It is very useful, however, to focus on our internal causes, since these are the causes we don't normally 'see' and because they are also the ones we can do the most about." (p. 23.)
"Most of our stress-producing conversations...
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