Researchers continue to explore the emotional and physical repercussions of social rejection. In one study, participants exposed to rejection reported a significant reduction in hurt feelings after taking daily doses of acetaminophen, a painkiller used to reduce physical pain. What does this tell you about the body's response to social rejection?
A person must also be experiencing physical pain for the negative feelings associated with social rejection to be alleviated by acetaminophen.
After a person is subjected to social rejection, an experience of physical pain amplifies the psychological hurt associated with the rejection.
The body's systems that respond to physical pain are also involved in responding to psychological pain.
Social rejection leads the body to crave psychoactive drugs, leading to an increase in addiction.
That social rejection results in pain and suffering
When you're rejected by a person you care about and for any reason, it was necessary to break up with him/her, your body answer trough the feeling of pain. This happens because some areas of the brain are activated when you remember the moments you shared with that person (or group of person), and the idea that you can't stay with that person, or with the group, makes your brain understand that is painful, and your body answers with the same feeling.