The majority of us believe there to be a metaphorical link between social and bodily suffering. While we both agree that “love hurts,” we don’t believe it hurts as badly as, say, getting kicked in the shin. At the same time, reality frequently makes a strong case that the two sorts of pain originate from the same source. Old couples frequently make headlines because they are physically incapable of existing apart. One instance from the beginning of 2012 was James and Marjorie Landis of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, who had been married for 65 years and passed away only 88 minutes apart. The truth is that if you are a subscription to the New England Journal of Medicine, you don’t need to be a sentimentalist to believe in shattered hearts. A uncommon but fatal cardiac ailment brought on by severe emotional distress was described a few years ago by a team of medical professionals from Johns Hopkins University. Although the condition is officially classified as “stress cardiomyopathy,” the press prefers to refer to it as “broken heart syndrome,” and doctors don’t take issue with the moniker. Additionally, behavioral science is catching up to anecdotal. The metaphorical comparisons of love to pain that psychology researchers have discovered over the last few years contain a significant amount of real truth. According to neuroimaging research, the brain areas responsible for processing social distress and physical pain have significant overlaps. The link is so deep that conventional physical painkillers appear to be able to heal our emotional hurts. After all, love may genuinely hurt, really hurt.