Researchers found that physical pain and intense emotional pain, such as feelings of rejection after a bad breakup of a relationship, activate the same “pain” processing pathways in the brain."These results give new meaning to the idea that social rejection 'hurts,'" says researcher Ethan Kross, Ph D of the University of Michigan, in a news release."On the surface, spilling a hot cup of coffee on yourself and thinking about how rejected you feel when you look at the picture of a person that you recently experienced an unwanted breakup with may seem to elicit very different types of pain,” says Kross.“But this research shows that they may be even more similar than initially thought." In the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers recruited 40 people who experienced an unwanted romantic breakup within the past six months.
To find the most current information, please enter your topic of interest into our search box. That’s the message of a new study that suggests physical pain and the pain of rejection may “hurt” in the same way.
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In one scenario, the participants looked at a picture of their ex-partner and thought about how they felt rejected during their breakup experience.
In a different scenario, the participants experienced mild physical pain similar to holding a very hot coffee cup.