From: Gizmodo

Shared Pain Can Act As A Social Glue: Study


What can make for a strong sense of group loyalty? – Pride in the identity and achievements of your group? Commitment to the work? or the mutual attraction existing among group members? A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that the answer could be the experience of ‘shared pain’.

According to the research, a shared painful experience, which is not fatal or permanently debilitating, could actually add to the strength of a group. Also, while there is certainly some degree of difficulty associated with the painful experience, its aftermath could be much more pleasant for the social cohesiveness of the group.

Read the whole story: Gizmodo

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