Scientists notice that you can tolerate more pain if your romantic partner is next to you – even if you don't hold hands or talk to each other
- People's pain threshold was tested by slowly applying weight to their fingernail
- In two different scenarios, their partner was in the room or not
- Then there, and only able to make contact, loved ones acted as a painkiller
- Scientists believe that the effect was greater if the partner was empathetic
People can tolerate more pain if their romantic partner is next to them, scientists have discovered.
In a series of experiments, researchers gradually put more pressure on participants' fingernails.
They discovered that volunteers could tolerate pain more when their loved one was in their room than when they were alone.
But their romantic partners were not allowed to hold their hands or talk to them and were only told to make eye contact.
And the scientists in Austria even discovered that the analgesic effect was greater if their partner was considered empathetic.
Scientists find that people can tolerate more pain of gradual weight on their fingernails if their romantic partner is next to them without even holding hands or speaking
Participants also assessed how painful the pressure was on a scale of one to ten, while their finger was trapped under 3 kg of weight. When their partner was there, they rated their pain lower
Professor Stefan Duschek, principal investigator, said: & It has been repeatedly demonstrated that talking and touching reduce pain.
& # 39; But our research shows that even the passive presence of a romantic partner can reduce this and that partner empathy can buffer effective pain during exposure to pain.
& # 39; The results confirm the analgesic effects of social support, which can even occur without verbal or physical contact. & # 39;
Forty-eight straight couples were recruited by researchers from the University of Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology.
WHO LONGER LIFE IN A HAPPY WEDDING
A study found that participants who were happy in their marriage would die less quickly within a period of eight years.
Researchers believe that those who are satisfied with their other half are more motivated to lead an active lifestyle.
But living with someone who is & # 39; depressed and wants to spend the evening eating chips in front of the TV & # 39; encourages unhealthy habits, they add.
The research was conducted by Tilburg University in the Netherlands and led by Dr. Olga Stavrova, from the department of social psychology.
After eight years, about 16 percent of the participants had died.
Results – published in the journal Psychological Science – showed that these fatalities often affected people who reported poor relationships and satisfaction in life.
This remained true even after correction for health and & # 39; socio-demographic variables & # 39; of the participants, such as level of education and income.
In 2010, the World Health Organization discovered that marriage can reduce the risk of depression and anxiety and that singles are more likely to suffer from the blues than those who are married.
One person from each couple went through experiments, putting their index finger into a machine.
The machine slowly added weight to the fingernail until the participants gave a stop signal when the pain was too much.
This was repeated three times, both only with a study leader, and when their partner was a meter away from them.
The couple could make eye contact but could not talk to each other.
Participants also assessed how painful the pressure was on a scale of one to ten while their finger was trapped under 3 kg of weight.
Participants had a higher pain tolerance when their partner was there and rated their pain lower.
The team also wanted to see how much pain was reduced by dispositional empathy – that's when a person is good at presenting someone else's feelings and experiences.
After the study, the couples did a 16-part questionnaire that assessed how empathetic each individual was.
Participants who had empathetic partners seemed to have a greater increase in their tolerance for pain than those who did not.
Previous studies have also found that a partner's vocal empathetic tranquility promotes intimacy, reducing a perceived threat.
The authors of the study wrote: & # 39; One could argue that daily experience with a very empathic partner leads to a general expectation of his or her compassion and emotional support in threatening situations; as such, the only presence of the partner can reduce anxiety and pain sensitivity. & # 39;
They add that the theoretical pain was reduced by having a distraction in the room cannot be excluded.
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