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PSYCHOLOGY NEWS - The Surprising Power of Support: Research on How Love and Support Impacts Trauma Recovery and Buffers Pain

by Dr. Lynn Margolies



Love and support has been found to help recovery on a biological level.

...New research has found that feeling supported and loved (and even being reminded of this) lessens the brain’s response to threat, allowing for better functioning during stressful situations as well as facilitating emotional regulation and recovery afterwards.

...These results are consistent with studies on PTSD which have demonstrated a strong correlation between recovery from PTSD and social support. These findings are also relevant to many other conditions that involve excess negative emotions and fear.

...Research has previously established that perceived social support has been found to buffer pain. Consistently, teens who feel connected, loved and listened to by their parents are at significantly lower risk of engaging in risky or dangerous behavior.

L. Norman, N. Lawrence, A. Iles, A. Benattayallah, A. Karl. Attachment-security priming attenuates amygdala activation to social and linguistic threat. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2014; DOI: 10.1093/scan/nsu127

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