Cris LaBossiere

Cris LaBossiere
Strength training and mountain biking. My two favorites

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Social Rejection Slows Heart Rate

You've been dissed, and for a few moments you feel like there's a weight on your chest.  You're feeling the physiological response of how the body deals with being rejected.  

In a study where subjects were shown pictures of people they don't know, then asked to guess whether or not that person may or may not reject them, the heart rate of subjects decreased when rejected, and decreased even more when unexpectedly rejected.. that is.. when subjects guessed that a person would not reject them, but then did, heart rate decreased more and took longer to recover to normal.

In related research it was found that those with low self esteem experienced higher levels of "social pain" and those with high self esteem consistently overestimated the number of times they would be accepted.  Additionally those with high self esteem had less change in the areas of the brain that process acceptance and rejection, showing that if you have high self esteem you'll have a positive outlook that helps protect you from feeling the social pain from rejection.

How do we use this info to help us?

Exercise the old axiom, "don't worry, be happy", and for sure, think positive things about yourself :-)

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