Thomas Ramey Watson

UCLA Study on Friendship Among Women

“Now the researchers suspect that women have a larger behavioral repertoire than just fight or flight; In fact, says Dr.

Klein, it seems that when the hormone oxytocin

is release as part of the stress responses in a woman, it buffers the fight or flight response and encourages her to tend children

and gather with other women instead.

When she actually engages in this tending or befriending, studies suggest that more oxytocin is released, which further counters stress and produces a calming effect.

This calm ing response does not occur

in men, says Dr.

Klein, because testosterone—which men produce in high levels when they’re under stress—seems to reduce the effects of oxytocin. Estrogen, she adds, seems to enhance it.”

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Even if you’re a male, there are some good insights here.

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