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Someone close to me has asked that I do some homework: define "friend." What does a friend look like, to me? My list, in its raw form, is:

  • Easy
  • Empowering
  • Makes me feel like I can
  • Celebrates me
  • Listens
  • Honest with me
  • Let's me drive me
  • Shares themselves with me
  • Wants me to be happy
  • Laughter
  • Asks me questions
  • Spends time with me
And of course, vice versa.

How would you define a "friend," for you?

I'm reading The Female Brain. Fascinating read, and more fascinating are the reviews on Amazon (click through the link). The author provokes some strong reaction.

The premise: that a woman's brain is marinated in hormonal baths throughout her lifetime.

The objective: to explain the effects of this.

I'm not reading this as gospel, but as a perspective I'd not heard. I agree with one reviewer in that she is hard on us men. Yes, we get a swathed in testosterone 8 weeks into conception and that deeply affects our brain development, enhancing some features and restricting others. Viva la difference!

Her main point is this: a woman is a communication machine. Well, duh. But her treatment and explanation of how the chemicals of the body factor into personalities and moods and lean women into certain behaviors are interesting and worth consideration. She should write the companion book about men, but somehow, I doubt she will. She says that we men should have "brain envy." I do envy a woman for her abilities in certain areas, but I have to say that I'm quite content being a guy, for all kinds of reasons. Again - viva la difference!


by Brett Rogers, 9/29/2006 1:00:56 AM


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