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    Default Social Rejection Feels like Physical Pain

    This is an interesting article:

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cr.../#.UmQH-EL3C9Z

    What do you think experientially? Do you know of any other research of this nature? Discuss.
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    I'm not surprised. I think fear of social pain motivates us as much as fear of physical pain.
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    I don't even notice social rejection. Maybe I get a little bit annoyed or awe-struck (unexpected rejection). I usually brush it off and say, "whatever."

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    I'm surprised this is any kind of a revelation. I experience it physically in my midsection, a physical ache just under my ribcage. Of course it would register in the brain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiltyred View Post
    I'm surprised this is any kind of a revelation. I experience it physically in my midsection, a physical ache just under my ribcage. Of course it would register in the brain.
    Oh, that's what you're talking about? I experience this sometimes, but it's more like butterflies in that area. I just ignore it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honor View Post
    I'm not surprised. I think fear of social pain motivates us as much as fear of physical pain.
    Physical pain hurts me way more than social pain.

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    It is an important concept to re-frame emotional harm and abuse. There are definitely forms of physical pain that I would prefer over certain forms of emotional pain.

    It would be interesting to scan brains of people in more acute emotional pain and see how it relates to physical pain. It feels more complex and encompassing to me, and there have been times I've resorted to inflicting physical pain on myself in order to reduce the sensation of emotional pain.
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    That makes sense. For an extreme case, abandonment and neglect (a form of social rejection) to a little kid is probably as fear-inducing as physical abuse.

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    Replace 'my arm' with 'social rejection'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CapLawyer View Post
    Oh, that's what you're talking about? I experience this sometimes, but it's more like butterflies in that area. I just ignore it.
    Ignore a feeling?! *does not compute*

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