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Emotional and Physical Pain – Do our Brains Distinguish?

We tend to give attention and treatment to physical pain in our world.  When we’re pained we treat ourselves gently, see a doctor, or rest and slow down.  Often when we experience emotional pain we suck it up, ignore it, minimize it, call ourselves drama queens, and move on.  But fMRI studies show that when individuals feel left-out, rejected, or isolated their dACC (Dorsal Anterior Cingulate Cortex) activates in exactly the same way it does when one feels physical pain. Our social brain networks are wired as deeply as physical survival networks — and just as important. Community and inclusion are vital ingredients to our individual well-being. Where in your life can you begin creating or participating in a community?

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