Broken Hearts Are Truly Painful, Research Shows

The Huffington Post:

If you’ve ever gone through extreme grief, a rough divorce or a break-up, you’ll know this to be true: that aching feeling in your heart truly hurts, and now research backs it up.

New research, published in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science, examines a number of studies to find that social pain and rejection are quite real. One study showed that brain activity is similar in people when they talk about both moments of social rejection and physical pain.

“We were sitting next to each other and noticed how similar the two brain images looked,” study researcher Naomi Eisenberger of the University of Califiornia-Los Angeles said in a statement. She noted that this could be because some of the same brain regions process both physical and social pain.

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