When you are emotionally hurt, Chemical reaction in your mind is same as you are physically hurt
Recently, new advances in neuroimaging techniques have revealed that brain regions involved in processing physical pain considerably overlap with those related to “social anguish.”
These ties first emerged in the 1970s, when animal researcher Jaak Panksepp was studying social attachment in dogs. When puppies were separated from their mothers, they cried out, but their cries were much less intense when they were given a low dose of morphine, suggesting that morphine suppressed an emotional response as it did a physical one.
The real breakthrough, however, occurred in California, where researchers used fMRI to prove the overlap between these two sensations. They targeted two specific areas of the brain – The Anterior Cingulate Cortex ( ACC) – Which serves as an ‘alarm’ for distress – And the Right Ventral Prefrontal Cortex ( RVPFC ) – Which regulates distress. They attempted to induce social pain into the test subjects and observe.