Why is a broken heart so painful?
Another fantastic short YouTube video from Asap-SCIENCE about the science behind a ‘broken heart’. So is a broken heart an abstract concept then?
Studies on the brain have shown that the same area of the brain called the Anterior Cingulate Cortex is stimulated when we feel physical pain and emotional pain. So why would these very different experiences elicit the same response in the brain? The narrator goes on to explain that it’s all about survival. It was important for our ancestors to feel physical pain to protect them from danger. As humans developed and the importance of relationships for the survival of the human race became more and more significant so the feelings of being socially alone were also experienced as pain.
The video ends with ideas of how you can alleviate the pain of a broken heart. Take a look and let me know what think!