Social rejection is painful and can lead to violence. A new study suggests that mindfulness may be a solution.
Researchers conducted live brain scans of people as they were being rejected by peers, and found that participants with higher levels of mindfulness more easily coped with the pain of rejection.
Adults too can acquire social skills such as empathy and compassion. The human brain is able to change and adapt to new conditions throughout life. Scientists refer to this capacity as plasticity. Until recently, it was unclear to what extent areas of the brain that control social behavior also possess this ability.