Author(s): Angela Patmore
This controversial expose of a multimillion-pound industry argues quite simply that the term 'stress', when applied to human beings, is completely meaningless. We seem to be living through an epidemic of stress. There are 15 million websites dedicated to the subject and Britain alone has over two million accredited therapists, counsellors and healers devoted to protecting us from what they claim is a debilitating disease.But is there really a stress problem? In this brilliant and provocative analysis, Angela Patmore examines the confusion and controversy surrounding the whole concept, raising important questions about the treatments and advice that offer to cure it. She argues that the health angst engendered by all this lucrative 'stress awareness' sends its victims in search of therapy and sedation and fuels an epidemic costing the UK billions.Far from helping people cope with their problems and feelings, Patmore contends, the unregulated industry is harming them. Her conclusions suggest we need to reappraise profoundly the way we understand our own health and well-being.
"'Rest in peace stress.' Scotsman * 'An intelligent book that cuts through the jargon put about by drug companies and the media alike.' - Rise * 'Patmore's erudition and industry are impressive, as is her range of reference - from Aristotle to T. S. Eliot' - Sunday Telegraph * 'Patmore's book is a welcome antidote... It is time to accept that stress theory has gone too far.' - Daily Telegraph * 'The more Patmore writes, the more I like her...Her writing is full of fire and her examples of stress accountrements are wonderfully wry.' - New Statesman"
Angela Patmore is a former University of East Anglia research fellow and International Fulbright Scholar. Her analysis of competitive pressure, Sportsmen Under Stress (1986), was a Times' sports book of the year. A former Guardian columnist on the psychology of sport, she writes extensively for newspapers and magazines and has contributed to many television and radio programmes on stress.