The Science Of HeartBreak

From literature to plays and movies throughout the world, humanities fascination with love is just as strong as our obsession with heartbreak.  But is a broken heart is simply an abstract concept or there are physicals effects on the body and the brain.

           Whenever you experience a physical pain like a scratch or wound, the Forward Cingulate Cortex is roused. Surprisingly it’s the same region that is stimulated when you feel excluded or feel a loss of a social connection. Possibly, bodily pain and emotive pain aren’t as much different as once we thought.

          Think about the ways in which we define vanished love. He torn my heart out, it was a blow in the face and I’m emotionally damaged. This use of physical explanation paints a clear relationship at least in language between physical and emotional pain. In fact, studies have shown that human beings would rather be physically hurt than feel social elimination, but why would these two dissimilar practices arose the same feeling in our bodies. 

         It’s clear that our bodies use physical pain to prevent the risk or imminent danger. But from an evolutionary anything that increases are overall survival and fitness as a species is likely to persist. The rise of the relationship and social bonds between lovers and friends is an important part of survival for many species. You will look out for me and I’ll look out for you. And just like you desire to not be burned by hot coffee over, animals wish not to be communally alone. 

         The pain from both instances increases our chance of survival by avoiding less required results. You’re more probably to last and breed if you’re not alone. This can be seen in studies of apes, who when detached from loved ones practice an increase in hormone norepinephrine, causing major stress response. Ultimately, this contribute to the despair, nervousness and loud crying known, For humans, a break up, loss of a precious one, or separation can activate a similar reaction, producing the awareness of bodily pain.