Does your illness flare when you get your feelings hurt or feel left out?
One study has proven that hurt feelings aren’t all in your head! Researchers in California found a physiological basis for social pain through a study which monitored the brains of people who thought they had been “cut out” of a computer game by other players.
The shock and distress of this rejection registered in the anterior cingulate cortex the same part that also responds to physical pain. (Science, Oct. 2003)
So when people say something that can really “get to you…” try to let it go and pray about how to best respond. It’s not just your emotional state that can be impacted, but your physical state and pain levels too.