How Does Social Isolation Affect Learners?


An interesting piece called  Is Social Pain Real Pain? Research shows that hurt feelings activate the same brain areas as physical pain at https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/neuroscience-in-everyday-life/201704/is-social-pain-real-pain?utm_source=FacebookPost&utm_medium=FBPost&utm_campaign=FBPost.  Excerpt:

This shared brain circuitry for social and physical pain has implications for education, work, and relationships. When children are bullied by exclusion and rejection, they are truly in pain. When co-workers frequently exclude colleagues from lunch invitations, it does hurt. Receiving rejection feedback at work, school, or from parents really hurts. Children might medicate by the natural reaction to protect themselves, aggression against attacker. And of course, the aggression might be turned inward and manifest as a mental illness. Some minority groups may find themselves excluded from mainstream society; others may share the same experience as a byproduct or belonging to a low socioeconomic class. And they remain in pain…

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