Could Social Pain be more Intense than Physical Pain?

Is it possible that social pain, emotional pain and being alone can have just as powerful an impact on the pain centers of your mind as physical pain?

il_matt“Neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman explains that through his studies he’s learned that our kryptonite is ignoring the importance of our social superpowers and by building on our social intuition, we can make ourselves smarter, happier, and more productive. In this TEDx Talk, Lieberman explores groundbreaking research in social neuroscience that reveals that our need to connect with other people is even more fundamental than our need for food or shelter and that the social pain and pleasure we experience has just as much impact as physical pain and pleasure.” -Ted Talk

Could Social Pain be more Intense than Physical Pain? | Spirit Science


Wow did you hear that?  Even basic pain relievers have the same pain relief with social or emotional pain as it does with physical pain!200891711How could this knowledge impact the way we treat others and the way we treat ourselves?  Maybe the saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me” is more incorrect than we ever imagined before.Being aware of the pain we cause in others when they are ‘left out‘ could dramatically change how we treat others.  Perhaps now we can feel a sense of relief knowing that we arent crazy for feeling hurt.  We can actually be in real pain when we are separated, isolated and alone.Chemistry Teacher with Students in ClassAnother fascinating thing about this talk is the part about learning.  Understanding our social powers can be the key to learning, being productive, being successful and having the ability to change the world.  When we learn a topic with the intent to teach it to someone else we learn it much better than if we only learn it to take a test.  Our drive for connection has a greater impact than our desire for high test scores.CustomIt is crucial that we learn these skills and recognise the endless connections between ourselves and the people around us.  We are all one, we all have an impact on the world around us.  Let us move forward with love and understanding for ourselves, and everyone we come in contact with.Thank you for reading,

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