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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me, or will they? Same areas of the brain get activated when we experience social rejection or betrayal of a loved one as when we spill hot coffee on our arm. In other words, emotional pain hurts the same as physical pain. Science has developed drugs that can alleviate and, in some cases, eliminate our physical pain and some of those same drugs are, now, proving helpful in eliminating our emotional pain. So, the prescription for a broken heart may actually be ‘Take to Tylenol and call me in the morning.’ But is numbing our pain always a good thing? The more we know pain, in all it’s varying flavors, the more we can appreciate the sensations and the feelings that we like. It’s the nature of contrast. If we never felt bitterness or anger, then we wouldn’t deeply appreciate our happiness. And if we never knew fear, then we couldn’t admire courage. So, maybe to fully enjoy the beauty in our lives, we must fully acknowledge and embrace our pain.
Dr. Daniel Pierce (Perception S3E2)

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