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? That is exactly the question Neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman is asking.
Leiberman has been researching the power of social connection on our brain and has actually found some surprising results. The connection between ourselves and other people is much more important that we may have previously thought.
This groundbreaking research is using neuroscience to reveal the truth about how social connection effects our body physically when it comes to both pain and pleasure. Check out this TEDx talk below to learn more!
Wow did you hear that? Even basic pain medicines have the same pain relief with social or emotional pain as it does with physical pain.
How could this knowledge impact the way we treat others and the way we treat ourselves?
Perhaps 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‘ or neglected could dramatically change our social interactions. Perhaps now we can feel a sense of relief knowing that we aren’t crazy for feeling hurt when we are alone or after being rejected. In fact, our bodies are experiencing real pain when we are separated, isolated, or alone.
Another 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 our 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.
It is crucial that we learn these skills and recognise the endless connections between ourselves and the people around us. We are all connected 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.