Anyone who’s been rejected—and sadly, who hasn’t—knows how much it, well, sucks. And now new research in the journal Clinical Psychological Science shows that it can also seriously mess with our physical and mental health.
Researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) found that women who recently experienced an incident of rejection had elevated levels of pro-inflammatory molecules. When activated, these molecules can trigger inflammation, upping the risk for everything from depression and diabetes to cardiovascular disease and cancer.
“Targeted rejection is central to some of life’s most distressing experiences—things like getting broken up with, getting fired, and being excluded from your peer group at school,” says lead study author Michael Murphy, PhD, a professor in the department of microbiology and immunology at UBC in a press release.
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