Social Rejection Produces Natural Pain Killers in Brain

By Phin Upham

It’s common knowledge that some people are better at dealing with social rejection than others, but the question is why? A new study suggests that it has to do with the amount of natural pain killers produced by the brain at the time of rejection, Science Daily reports.

According to the article, research conducted by a team from the University of Michigan Medical School reveals that the brain produces chemicals called opioids when it experiences social rejection. Opioids are like natural painkillers. But the reason some people get hurt more than others has to do with resilience. Participants who scored high on a personality trait test for resilience produced more opioids in the brain than other participants.

Researchers have known for decades that opioids get released in the brain when a person feels physical pain. According to lead author of the paper David T. Hsu, Ph.D., the new study reveals that the brain pathways that are used when someone experiences physical pain and social pain are similar.

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About the Author: Phin Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media & Technology group. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website or Facebook page.

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