29 March 2011

Study Finds the Social Pain of a Breakup is Like a Physical Pain

As anyone who's experienced a broken heart, and as countless songs, stories and movies confirm, love can hurt. That pain, according to a new study, is physical as well as emotional.

Researchers led by Ethan Kross, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, found that the experience of social rejection, such as a romantic breakup, activates the same parts of the brain involved in sensing physical pain.

"These results give new meaning to the idea that rejection 'hurts,'" the authors wrote.

Experts believe this study can offer new insight into the complexities of social rejection, and how the experience can be emotionally and physically debilitating.

Read more about this story at http://abcnews.go.com/Health/relationships-breaking-hurt-physically/story?id=13238521

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