Review: The Stress Response by Christy Matta

The Stress Response: How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Free You from Needless Anxiety, Worry, Anger, and Other Symptoms of StressThe Stress Response: How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Free You from Needless Anxiety, Worry, Anger, and Other Symptoms of Stress by Christy Matta
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

One of the things I can say off the bat about “The Stress Response” is that it is easily accessible and well organized about what stress is, how it relates to emotions, and how to examine emotional triggers that may lead to negative reactions brought on by stress. It is consistent information with respect to how instructions on mindfulness and cognitive vetting of emotional triggers approach dealing with variant stressors. Yet, I think approaches within “The Stress Response” don’t take into consideration some of the more complex aspects of stress and their chronic nature over time, circumstance, and what can’t be dealt with just by examining cognitive cues.

I did appreciate the hearty vetting of negative thoughts, emotional responses, positive affirmations/self-talk, and practical applications. There were a few examples of personal stories peppered into the narrative for clarity as well. I think this is a good work to start the process of being able to cope with stress and various stressors, but certainly not the only resource out there, and it could’ve been a bit more in its examinations than what it was.

Overall score: 3/5 stars

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher New Harbinger Publications.

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