07 Oct Stress hurts: How your baboon of a boss is killing you
Why is your boss like a baboon? Research shows that whether human or baboon, your social or professional rank—your place on the torment or be tormented scale—influences your level of stress and your health, for better or for worse.
About two weeks ago I got drawn into a program on PBS about stress. Killer Stress traced the research of Robert Sapolsky, a Stanford University neurobiologist who’s spent 30 years studying stress and illness in baboons to better understand the effects of stress in humans. Sapolsky studies baboons because they experience the same kind of social and psychological stress that humans experience. Everything that stresses us—traffic, work, bad relationships—is socially constructed. The same is true for baboons.
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