Neurologically speaking, experiencing rejection and physical pain activates the same areas of the brain. This means that emotional pain hurts in the body as physical pain does. It would be very reasonable to conclude that a pain killer could help with emotional pain as it does with physical pain. In a study, this hypothesis was proved to be true. Tylenol reduces the emotional pain created by rejection. However, because we are social creatures, the brain prioritizes rejection experiences. Reliving a painful rejection will elicit the brain to flood the body with chemicals. In the twinkling of an eye, the body will be filled with the same unpleasant past feeling. Past and present sharing the same moment on time. No very pleasant sensation, so don’t encourage it. 🙂
Humans have a fundamental need to belong and rejection destabilizes that feeling. However, the brain releases chemicals that act like natural painkillers when experiencing social rejection. Our own and natural “Tylenol”.
Seeking emotional soothing by connecting with those who love us, those who feel a strong affinity with us, and those who value and accept us after feeling rejected is another powerful support. Social support is the path for recovery and safety after experiencing rejection. Bottom line, experiencing social rejection does hurt. However, there is plenty of support around and inside us. On one hand, the brain releases something similar to Tylenol to offer support. On the other hand, seeking connection supports recovery and human connection. Furthermore, our mind can elicit the feeling of belonging by recalling positive past experiences. Knowing is the first step towards change. Knowing can open possibilities. Know that there is plenty of support inside and out to get you out emotional pain.
Have a great Friday evening and walk towards the support within you and outside you.
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