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Stress and anxiety are natural parts of the human experience and can actually improve performance in challenging times. But for those of us with more than our fair share of tension, C. Eugene Walker has written a helpful book. Walker draws on theories from many psychologists, psychiatrists and other researchers in analyzing the origins of our stress. More importantly, he also provides techniques for overcoming and reducing tension - including more than 40 exercises that will help you calm down. While his basic principles will sound familiar to those who know self-help and personal-development literature, Walker does a good job of combining and organizing these points. getAbstract com recommends this book to a general audience, but also to top managers and executives who deal with stressed-out employees or feel the pressure mounting themselves.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How procrastination elevates anxiety;
  • What steps you can take to alleviate anxiety; and
  • Why our reaction to negative events – not the events themselves – determines our stress level.

About the Author

C. Eugene Walker, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and consultant. He is professor emeritus at the University of Oklahoma Medical School and the author/editor of more than 20 books.



The Nature of Stress
We use the term "anxiety" in a number of ways. It can refer to subjective feelings, mental blocking of a disturbing situation, physical sensations such as a tightness in the muscles and behaviors such as stuttering, stammering and physical awkwardness. Different people...

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