Monday, March 18, 2002  [!]

Beautiful day after a rain. or, for local mountains, a snow.

Palm Canyon Yesterday was the wearin' o' the green as well as the hiking in the green—an oasis in the midst of the California desert. I went with some friends to *the* palm canyon and saw a spring that might be *the* palm springs—just outside of Palm Springs. Apparently the canyon I was in has the most palm trees in the world. I certainly saw more than I could count.

The place: Indian Canyons, on the grounds of the Agua Caliente Band of the Cahuilla Indians.

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a palm forest?

jan among palms:

beautiful palms: palm grove vert:

silhouette rays:

Males n Females | XYs n XXs | Fight-or-flight n Tend-and-befriend Over the weekend, Dave W commented on differences between men n women. 'Tis interesting in light of an article I was sent by email (and my Google followup): All those ol' studies on coping with stress that emphasized the human tendency toward fight-or-flight were done on males. When a coupla researchers conducted a stress study on females, lo, they uncovered a different set of behaviors: tend-and-befriend.

females of many species, including humans, respond to stressful conditions by protecting and nurturing their young (the "tend" response), and by seeking social contact and support from others - especially other females (the "befriend" response).

This "tend-and-befriend" pattern is a sharp contrast to the "fight-or-flight" behavior that has long been considered the principal method for coping with stress by both men and women. [Read More]

There are different hormone combinations at work in each sex. Females emit oxytocin, which is linked to nurturing.

In terms of the fight response, while male aggression appears to be regulated by androgen hormones, such as testosterone, and linked to sympathetic reactivity and hostility, female aggression isn't.[...]

In terms of flight, fleeing too readily at any sign of danger would put a female's offspring at risk, a response that might reduce her reproductive success in evolutionary terms. Consistent with this idea, studies in rats suggest there may be a physiological response to stress that inhibits flight. This response is the release of the hormone oxytocin, which enhances relaxation, reduces fearfulness and decreases the stress responses typical to the fight-or-flight response. [Read More]