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Good brain, bad brain November 22, 2006

Posted by Sharath Rao in science.
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Here is a short account of something very interesting – “Toxic intimacy“.

Sitting in my office, he made little direct eye contact but was pleasant and clearly very intelligent. He had lots of interests: computers, politics and biking. But after an hour of speaking with him, I suddenly realized that he had not mentioned a single personal relationship in his life.

“Who is important to you in your life?” I asked.
“Well, I have my family here in the States and some friends from work,” he said.
“Do you ever feel lonely?”
“Why would I?” he replied.

And then I suddenly understood. He wasn’t depressed or unhappy at all. He enjoyed his work as a software engineer immensely, and he was obviously successful at it. It was just that human relationships were not that important to him; in fact, he found them stressful.

Amazing isnt it. The great mystery that the brain is – what is it within that mass of flesh that makes us geniuses, idiots, austistic, social butterflies, schizophrenic, recluses !

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An entire article about something we rarely think about.

To hold someone’s hand is to offer them affection, protection or comfort. It is a way to communicate that you are off the market.

“It is a lot more intimate to hold hands nowadays than to kiss,” said Joel Kershner, 23. Because of that, he said, reaching for someone’s hand these days has more potential for rejection than leaning in for a smooch at a party where alcohol is flowing.

Blogs and online forums are rife with complaints of those who say their significant other does not want to hold hands. “When we go out, we always have a blast, but the one thing that bothers me is that he never holds my hand in public,” writes a woman. For older couples, letting go of hand-holding may be one more sign that they are pressed for time and too swamped for little acts of intimacy.

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Staying on the topic of the brain and its ways, here is something about why there maybe a good reason to read a man’s brain

The male susceptibility to the allure of the perfect car has not escaped the auto industry. In fact, it is heavily invested in discovering what kind of car turns a guy on.

This is not to say that the industry is uninterested in women’s taste in cars, but, at the risk of sounding sexist, I will venture a guess that women, as a group, do not think and feel about cars with the same peculiar passion that men do.

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