Published On: Sat, Apr 30th, 2016

Friends can increase pain tolerance




A novel Oxford research study recommends that those with elevated anxiety levels inclined to have slighter social networks, the people who have more buddies have elevated pain tolerance

Katerina Johnson from the University of Oxford in the UK stated that “I was particularly interested in a chemical in the brain called endorphin. Endorphins are part of our pain and pleasure circuitry – they are our body’s natural painkillers and also give us feelings of pleasure,”

A theory, named the brain opioid theory of social connection, is that social contacts activate optimistic emotions when endorphin binds to opioid receivers in the brain.

Johnson stated that it provides you that feel-good factor that we obtain from watching our buddies.

She further added that “To test this theory, we relied on the fact that endorphin has a powerful pain-killing effect – stronger even than morphine,”

Researchers employed pain tolerance in order to evaluate the brain’s endorphin activity. If the theory was accurate, people with bigger social associations would possess elevated pain tolerance, and that’s their research study revealed.

Johnson continued as “These results are also interesting because recent research suggests that the endorphin system may be disrupted in psychological disorders such as depression,”

She told that “This may be part of the reason why depressed people often suffer from a lack of pleasure and become socially withdrawn,”

Researchers further stated that both healthier people and those with elevated accounted anxiety levels inclined to possess lower social networks.

Johnson told that “It may simply be a question of time – individuals that spend more time exercising have less time to see their friends,”

She continued as, “However, there may be a more interesting explanation – since both physical and social activities promote endorphin release, perhaps some people use exercise as an alternative means to get their ‘endorphin rush’ rather than socializing,”

The result pertaining to anxiety can point out that higher social networks assist people to handle anxiety in a good way, or it can be that anxiety or its reasons denote people possess some time for social activity, decreasing their network.

Participants were said to accomplish a questionnaire pertaining to the two intimate social network layers and also giving detail on lifestyle and personality.

The researcher further added that they then conducted a test which included crouching in opposition to the wall with knees at a 90-degree angle and a straight back (the wall sittest).

They were said to clasp this post and tolerate the anxiety for only if feasible.

The results were cited in the journal Scientific Reports.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.