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Social pain Vs Physical Pain

Why are our brains built in such a way that a broken heart can feel as painful as a broken leg?

When someone says, “He broke my heart,” we understand this as a metaphor. No one mistakes this ...

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by Matthew D. Lieberman

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The Language We Use

One of the obvious hints that social pain is similar to physical pain is the language we use to talk about social pain. Most of the words we use to describe feelings of social rejection or loss inv...

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We Form Attachments

A second piece of evidence that social pain is real pain is the separation distress that mammalian infants show when separated from their primary caregivers. Observe the intense and relentless cryi...

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The 1950's Experiment on Monkeys

Newborn monkeys were raised apart from their mothers. Substituting for the mother were two surrogate “monkeys”. One surrogate was a wire-mesh frame that was constructed roughly in the shape of an a...

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The 1950's Experiment on Monkeys: The Result

Which surrogate did the infants became more attached to: the one associated with nourishment or the one that felt a little more like a real mother monkey? 

Soon after birth, infant monke...

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