ANN ARBOR (WKZO) -- University of Michigan Researchers say your brain appears to receive the pain of social rejection in much the same way and in the same place as it receives the pain of being hit by a rock, stubbing your toe or banging your shin.
They also say that there may be a natural response that also dulls the pain of rejection.
Some people who score high for a personality trait called “resilience” seem to have more of this natural pain-killer than other people.
It’s a kind of “opiod” released during times of distress and isolation in animals. This is the first time researchers have identified it in humans.
Most people apparently have enough to help them cope with bad relationships, but the headlines often tell the story of people who don’t, and the things they do when they are rejected.