I’m in the process now of re-visiting and inviting updates to something like 28 essays I solicited over the past several years as editor for Web Del Sol / Perihelion. I’m using Redroom.com for that up and back, the before and after, the work in process of inviting and following through as editor of this series, “Writers’ Friendship.” See earlier postings on poet Barry Spacks, for example... more to come...
STOP THE PRESSES. A friend just forwarded the following UCLA study on friendship among women.
“I never forward stuff,” she writes, “but this, I thought, was true in a very fundamental way that made me think differently… and reflecting on that time in my life when I was all about art, adventure and career, hung out with men all the time and pretty much had one woman friend, didn’t much care for the company of women, when now I have such a great appreciation… it’s chemical!”
UCLA STUDY ON FRIENDSHIP AMONG WOMEN
By Gale Berkowitz
A landmark UCLA study suggests friendships between women are special. They shape who we are and who we are yet to be. They soothe our tumultuous inner world, fill the emotional gaps in our marriage, and help us remember who we really are. By the way, they may do even more.
Scientists now suspect that hanging out with our friends can actually counteract the kind of stomach-quivering stress most of us experience on a daily basis. A landmark UCLA study suggests that women respond to stress with a cascade of brain chemicals that cause to make and maintain friendships with other women… It's a stunning find that has turned five decades of stress research, most of it on men, upside down.
"Until this study was published, scientists generally believed that
when people experience stress, they trigger a hormonal cascade that
revs the body to either stand and fight or flee as fast as
possible," explains Laura Cousino Klein, Ph.D., now an Assistant
Professor of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State University and one
of the study's authors. "It's an ancient survival mechanism left
over from the time we were chased across the planet by saber-toothed
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