The journal Psychological Science has published an article based upon studies by Researcher Zhansheng Chen, from Purdue University in Indiana.
Michael Hughesman, a child psychologist based in Germany, agreed that it was likely that emotional pain was handled in a different part of the brain from physical pain, and likely to be longer-lasting.
He said: “There is something very intangible about emotional damage – with physical pain, you can see the bruise, but in emotional abuse there is often fear and anxiety which remains.
“If someone tells you in the playground that they are going to get you after school, then you tend to be anxious and afraid about it far more than if someone just punches you there and then.”
Chen’s only just worked this out and he studies psychology?!?
That’ll be a “No shit Sherlock!” from me.