From: NPR

Tylenol May Help Ease The Pain Of Hurt Feelings

Nobody likes the feeling of being left out, and when it happens, we tend to describe these experiences with the same words we use to talk about the physical pain of, say, a toothache.

“People say, ‘Oh, that hurts,’ ” says Nathan DeWall, a professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky.

DeWall and his colleagues were curious about the crossover between physical pain and emotional pain, so they began a series of experiments several years back.

In one study, they found that acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) seemed to reduce the sting of rejection that people experienced after they were excluded from a virtual ball-tossing game.

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Comments

Yes, Tylenol may ease the pain temporally, but has a bad side-effect profile. Among them serious problems when taken with alcoholic beverages. This quick fix is not a solution for social pain in the long-run and should be labelled as such.

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