Portrait of A Killer

DVD - 2008
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A Stanford University neurobiologist has been advancing our understanding of stress - how it impacts our bodies and how our social standing can make us more or less susceptible. Research reveals that the impact of stress can be found deep within us, shrinking our brains, adding fat to our bellies, even unraveling our chromosomes. Yet understanding how stress works can help us figure out a ways to combat it and how to live a life free of the tyranny of this contemporary plague.
Publisher: [Washington, DC] : National Geographic, c2008
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (52 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9781426293092
Branch Call Number: DVD 155.9042 Str


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🙊 I can certainly accept neurobiologist, Robert Sapolsky's studies of baboons in Africa as being relevant to the matter of stress when it comes to the likes of you and I. You and me, that is. Yes. You and me. Objective case. Yep.

Mar 16, 2020

"Stress" is one of those questionably debatable documentaries that I found had both its fair share of good moments, as well as its not-so-good moments, too.

And, even though I do believe that chronic stress (among humans) is a major factor that contributes significantly to severe mental illness is our present-day society - I cannot fully accept neuro-biologist, Robert Sapolsky's studies of baboons in Africa as being at all relevant to the matter of stress when it comes to the likes of you and I.

Mar 11, 2020

Worry! Worry! Worry!

In this 1-hour "Stress" documentary, Stanford University neuro-biologist, Robert Sapolsky (through his years of intense study) makes a direct correlation between the stress clearly detected in baboons in the wilds of Africa to the intense anxiety of homo sapiens (all across this worrisome planet) coping with chronic worry, living in the concrete jungles of today.

As Sapolsky related his findings - I did tend to wonder just how much dope this guy had been smoking before he was fully prepared to do any screen-time in front of the camera.

Mar 07, 2020

A rather short, but distinct documentary film about stress, its causes, its effects, and its myths. It is so pervasive and so detrimental (worse than 2 packets a day of cigarettes) that I'm surprised that the state has not taken measures against it.

Jul 28, 2016

Good documentary that promotes thinking. I would have loved for their to be more solutions to stress included.

Sep 13, 2015

Lots of good info. .... it gets really insightful two-thirds in - when they get to the part about the aggressive alpha- males ...that part was really interesting!!!

Jul 23, 2015

Who knew that stress is so a part of our daily lives.
Good doc which really gets you thinking.

kevfarley May 30, 2013

Fascinating. I actually saw it twice !!
I found it interesting that, in the troop scavanging at a hotel dump, the aggressive alpha males monopolized the meat supply for themselves, and only they got sick and died !

unbalancedbutfair May 02, 2013

Fascinating documentary. Amusing and educational. One of the best uses and explanations of using animal analogues to learn about something's (in this case stress) possible affects on humans. At no point did I think they were stretching or adding unnecessary drama. Which is what I look for in a documentary.

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