Genre – Non Fiction
Book Length – 239 pages
Reading Time – 5 hours
Style/ Plot – As the name suggests, this book describes what stress responses we have to certain threats around us. It discusses the ‘amygdala’ which is an almond shaped structure in our brains that has evolved to respond to threats we face.
I particularly enjoyed how detailed Melanie gets especially about how the reader can find more mindful and effective ways to respond to stress.
She gives case studies of her clients’ therapy sessions and how she helped them learn to use their prefrontal cortex in ways that could help them calm down their amygdala.
I like how she emphasises what the reader has learned at the end of each chapter. This ensures that if you missed something, you can always go back to earlier pages in the chapter to re-read it.
There are also exercises at the end of each chapter to help the reader identify stressors and determine ways to reduce stress.
Favourite Quote – “Therefore, in order to meet your long-term goals-to build financial stability, find and maintain a loving relationship, care for a family, own a home or succeed at a job or business-you need to manage your stress so that it doesn’t derail you.”
Rating – 4.5/5