“I left with a heavy heart.” “I have butterflies in my stomach.” “My heart aches to see you go.”
For many, all these may just be metaphors, but we forget that there must be a reason why these phrases came to be in the first place. It’s called ‘heartbreak’ because the pain is physical, not just emotional. Not just grief because of break ups, but nervousness, happiness, loss and sadness – all emotions have physical manifestations in our body.
Yes, you’re not alone in feeling that heaviness in your chest. Some feel it in their chest, some in their gut and others experience it as a more diffused pain all over. It’s been scientifically proven that emotions result in physical changes.
Ethan Kross of University of Michigan’s Emotion & Self Control Lab, which published a study on social rejection and physical pain in 2011, said a social rejection hijacks the part of our brain that signals pain to say, ‘Hey, this is a really serious situation,’ because just like physical pain, the consequences could be there.
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