New research shows that love burns; in fact, it scorches like red-hot poker. Researchers at two institutions set out to test the way the brain registers physical and emotional pain. So, they put 40 people who were recently dumped in a relationship through a brain scanner. The results they got was that on a pain scale the emotional pain of reliving a breakup was at the same level as the pain experienced when one is going through physical pain, like being burned by red-hot poker. One difference though between both types of pain is that the brain can tell you the source of your physical pain but it cannot do that for emotional pain.
- A collaboration between researchers at three Universities has recently exposed the fact that our brains are blind when it comes to knowing if pain is physical or emotional.
- Forty recipients of a romantic heave-ho were put through a brain scanner with eye-popping results.
- Emotional pain was created, using a photo of the dumped one’s ex, which each participant was told to peruse, while being scanned.
“During these experiments, the love-scorned individuals registered an eight out of 10 on the laboratory pain scale.”