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07/24/2013 05:42 pm ET

The Science Behind Why Rejection Hurts So Damn Much

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Rejection hurts, literally.

Most people have experienced rejection at one point or another. Whether from an unrequited love, getting fired from a job, or outcast from a friend group, experiencing rejection may elicit an almost corporeal pain. That reaction is actually extremely normal; emotional and physical pain are actually intricately connected, especially in the case of social rejection.

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