Connecting Physical And Emotional Pain

1st Question

What is the definition of “pain?” Merriam-Webster defines pain as “a localized or generalized unpleasant bodily sensation or complex of sensations that cause mild to severe physical discomfort and emotional distress and typically results from bodily disorder (such as injury or disease).” LiveScience states, “Pain is a danger signal, said Geoff MacDonald, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. When you place your hand on a hot stove, for example, a network of neurons in your brain activates to send a message: Something is very wrong.”

2nd Question

What is the definition of “emotional pain?” Verywell Mind states that “Emotional pain is pain or hurt that originates from non-physical sources. Sometimes this emotional distress is the result of the action of others. Other times, it might be the result of regret, grief, or loss. In other cases, it might be the result of an underlying mental health condition such as depression or anxiety.”

Furthermore, Verywell Mind states, “While physical pain and emotional pain are different, there is research that suggests that both types of pain may share some neurological similarities. Both emotional and physical pain are linked to changes in the prefrontal cortex and cingulate cortex.”

3rd Question

What can cause emotional pain?” LiveScience states, “Studies suggest that when we experience rejection, our brains behave similarly to the way they do when we’re in physical pain.” Also, LiveScience says, “there’s also a broken-heart” syndrome, a condition in which the heart temporarily weakens, causing its main pumping chamber, the left ventricle, to balloon out and pump improperly. The condition, also known as takotsubo syndrome (TTS), is linked to heightened activity in the brain caused by stressful events, such as the death of a loved one.”

For example, when a human goes through a breakup. A breakup is a type of rejection. The rejection is hurtful. The human body feels something is wrong when the human doesn’t accept the breakup. The human heart feels the pain. A breakup can be another way to say that a person doesn’t accept you the way you are. So, heartache can also appear when a person doesn’t accept you or when a person judges you.


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Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Pain. In dictionary. Retrieved July 31, 2022, from

Whitcomb, I. (2021, May 10). Why does ’emotional pain’ hurt? LiveScience. Retrieved July 31, 2022, from

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