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When You Get Dumped, It Triggers the Same Part of the Brain as Getting Punched In the Face

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According to a new study, when you get dumped, it triggers a special area of your brain. And no, despite the evidence to the contrary, it’s not the area of your brain that suddenly makes you want to listen to AIR SUPPLY. Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that getting dumped triggers the same part of the brain as getting PUNCHED IN THE FACE. The region of the brain that responds to physical pain overlaps with the region that responds to social rejection. So when you feel severe physical pain or severe emotional pain, your brain interprets them the same way. Ethan Kross is a psychology professor who led the study. He says, quote, “These results give new meaning to the idea that rejection ‘hurts.’ It’s not [just] a metaphor.”

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