August 12, 2010
Acetaminophen Cuts Emotional Pain Too?

But does Tylenol cut emotional pain better or worse than Advil?

A University of Florida researcher says acetaminophen, an ingredient in the popular over-the-counter pain reliever, may relieve social pain from hurt feelings. The findings suggest for the first time that emotional and physical pain are interrelated, said Gregory Webster, a UF psychologist who co-authored the study with a team of researchers.

If you think you are about to get dumped then time for a pain killer drug. Of course the thoughtful dumper will offer a pill to the dumpee. There must be 50 drugs to leave your lover.

“We think that social pain piggybacks onto physical pain and the two systems sort of bleed into each other, so that just as you feel emotional distress from physical pain, the social pain of having a romance breakup or getting a horrible grade can translate into feeling sick to your stomach or getting a bad headache,” he said.

In the study, to be published in the journal Psychological Science and available online, people who took acetaminophen daily for three weeks reported less emotional suffering over time and showed less activity in regions of the brain previously shown to respond to social rejection than those who took the placebo, Webster said.

This result makes me think that pain killer drugs have a big future even after rejuvenation therapies reduce physical aches that come with an aging body. Painless rejuvenated joints and connective tissue won't mean the end of pain. Young bodies will still suffer from cruel romantic fate.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2010 August 12 09:55 PM  Brain Pain

bbartlog said at August 13, 2010 6:29 AM:

'The findings suggest for the first time that emotional and physical pain are interrelated'.

You mean besides the several thousand years of metaphor in our literature? Really, that's a classic case of scientistic hubris - 'no one knew about this until it was published in our journals!'.
Still, an interesting result in its details.

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