Did you know that when we experience rejection the same areas of the brain become activated as when we experience physical pain?
Rejection whether from our friends, families, loved ones, or even a recruiter causes us a lot of pain – neurologically speaking, of course.
But why does rejection hurt so much?
From an evolutionary perspective rejection played a crucial role in our hunter-gatherer days. Our ancestors’ survival depended on belonging to a tribe, and being rejected from a tribe was equal to a death sentence. A solitary human could not have survived the 6 million years of human evolution in the African savannah.
Still to this day rejection is painful. Even though we technically could live in solitary existence, how happy of an existence would that really be?(more…)