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