Ya win some, ya lose some—it’s true with sports games, and
with relationships. Fortunately for us, our brain has evolved to deal with
losing…especially when it comes to social rejection, it turns out.
game-changing new study shows that our brains deal with rejection
similarly to how they deal with injuries: by releasing a chemical called an
opioid, which dulls the hurt we feel. Researchers also discovered that the more
resilient the individual, the more opioids were released.
These natural painkillers make us feel better on a
short-term basis, allowing our brains to rationalize the situation and let us
move on. The bottom line, though? Pain is pain—so while you’re dealing with the
harsh sting of rejection, whether from a friend who’s grown apart or a
relationship that’s fizzled, don’t let anyone tell you ya don’t have the right
to grieve and feel hurt. After all, it’s human nature.
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 10/24/2013 12:07:00 PM
POSTED IN self-esteem, mind/motivation, dealing with a breakup