A partner by your side relieves pain. According to researchers from the University of the Balearic Islands of Palma de Mallorca and Umit, the University of Health in Hall in Tyrol (Austria), the partner would actually have an analgesic effect.
According to what was explained in the study, studies with social support (even without verbal or physical contact at the moment when suffering occurs) can reduce the perception of pain. 48 pairs were examined by pressure sensitivity and each participant was tested either alone or in the presence of his partner.
The scientists at the two universities then gave them a questionnaire to calculate their perception of pain. In the studies in which the partners were in front of them, men and women showed higher tolerance thresholds. It could therefore be concluded that may be associated with pain and empathy tolerance of the partner.
So if you have a companion at your side who is able to develop that right empathy, you will feel less pain. "Often," says Stefan Duschek, a professor at Umit University, and the study's first researcher, "it has been shown that speaking and touching a suffering person are two actions that" relieve pain. " But our research, adds the researcher, a health psychology teacher, shows that even the passive presence of a romantic partner can reduce it and that the partner's empathy can ease the affective discomfort of pain.
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