Why Emotional Pain Hurts

emotional painEver wonder…

 why you feel emotional pain in your chest when  your feelings have been hurt?

Terms like “heartache” and “gut wrenching” are not just metaphors — they describe both physical and emotional pain.

If you feel heartache, for example, what you are experiencing is emotional stress and the resulting stress-induced sensations in your chest — muscle tightness, an increased heart rate, uncomfortable stomach activity, and shortness of breath.

Physical & emotional pain are connected

You may be a bit surprised to learn that emotional pain triggers the exact brain regions that physical pain lights up.

How do emotions trigger physical sensations? A 2009 study conducted at the University of Arizona and the University of Maryland found that activity in a brain region that regulates emotional reactions (the anterior cingulate cortex) helps explain how an emotional insult can trigger a biological cascade.

During a stressful experience your brain’s anterior cingulate cortex increases the activity of your Vagus nerve. This huge nerve is the pathway connecting your brain stem to your neck, chest and abdomen.

When this nerve is over stimulated, it can cause pain, abdominal “butterflies,” and even nausea.

Heartache is not the only way emotional pain and physical pain intersect in our brain.

Other studies show that even feeling emotional pain on behalf of another person — that is, having empathy for that person — can also influence your pain perception. And this effect is NOT limited to humans. A recent paper published in Science Magazine revealed that when a mouse sees its cage mate in agony, that mouse’s sensitivity to physical pain increases. But when it comes into close contact with a friendly, unharmed mouse, its sensitivity to pain is reduced. 

A recent brain scan study of humans supported the finding in mice — showing that simple acts of social kindness, such as holding hands, can blunt the brain’s response to threats of physical pain, and thus actually lessen the pain.

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Posted by Jill Ammon-Wexler
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Create a Better Personal Reality

April 18, 2010 by  
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Define your personal reality!

EVERY single thought you think has actual and very powerful creative power. This is the power behind the saying  that we are the source of all that is present in our life …  and is how we create our personal reality.”

Why is this so? Because the subconscious mind, by its very nature, accepts whatever we imagine to be REAL, then uses it to create our ACTUAL outer reality.

This includes the thoughts you think about what you want, or whom you wish to become. Likewise the thoughts you think about what you do NOT want will create, and cause the fulfillment of, exactly what you do NOT want. This is why I say that worry is powerful negative goal setting!

Creative visualization is the technique of using your imagination to create what you WANT in your life. There is nothing at all new, strange or unusual about this success tool. You are already using it every minute of every day.

Designe your personal reality

Imagining what you want is like simply building a model before you build the real thing. These images actually direct the energy in your mind and body. Each of your thoughts radiates the essence of yourself out into the environment… and from there out into the universe.

And because of the power of visualization, it’s very important to develop your self-awareness of what you are thinking — so that nothing will come about in your life unless you consciously choose it!

Create a Better Personal Reality

You are the virtual creator of your life. Everything you perceive “out there” is a materialization of your thoughts, formed by YOUR energy into symbols of the inner you — your essence. Nothing happens that you have not called to you.

It is through this process that personal transformation Reality and empowerment occur.

Posted by Jill Ammon-Wexler
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