Stress for Success: How to Make Stress on the Job Work for You
Submitter: I just can’t even.
Holly: Hanson had a few stressy books in the late 80s/early 90s. The Joy of Stress seems to be a popular pick for libraries too, according to Worldcat. He seems extremely qualified, actually, with a background in sports medicine. According to Stressipedia (yup, that’s a thing!), he has done a lot of work in pain management without drugs – pretty important to NFL and NHL players who have to be careful about what shows up in drug tests. Submitter included some screen shots from inside the book (below). In 1991 the “Problems Unique to Women” section was probably more relevant than today. The section on substance abuse says that cocaine “currently produces the most headlines.” Not so much in the midst of our current opioid crisis. So, this book is very outdated.
Outdated books stress me out. I’m going to use that stress to do some weeding. See? I’m making stress on the job work for me!
Who wouldn’t want to pick up and read this book with Frederik Pohl’s lukewarm endorsement on the cover? I cracked up at the marketing genius who thought this kind of statement would make a great book blurb for the cover. I wonder if Brunner was okay with the faint praise on his cover.
As far as this book goes, it is a traditional space opera where different factions are jockeying for supremacy in the galaxy. Then we have a new player on the scene and the humans have a new enemy.
I would probably be a sucker for this book, even though I know it will probably disappoint me. It did. Basically, cat massage is a fancy term for petting your cat. I happily tried to “massage” my cats. They did not appreciate and actively tried to maneuver my hands into their preferred petting mode. I didn’t even realize that they had a preferred mode until I tried to deviate from the normal petting routine. They were also not “nicer” nor, did they make grooming easier. They were mostly irritated that I wrecked the schedule they had perfected over 5 years of careful manipulation of my behavior.