So the hubby and I had a spontaneous date night this evening and met at the movie theater after work so we could see The Hunger Games movie...
Now I had devoured all three books in a single weekend shortly after I got my Kindle Fire for Christmas... (That device is a wonder you no longer do you have to wait to get a book, two seconds after you finish one book you can download the sequel and keep right on going - as long as it is published of course. I have to limit my reading of certain books till the weekend as I have been known to stay up reading until my battery dies.) Anyhow, I absolutely loved The Hunger Games books and I have been looking forward to seeing the movie, and not just cause I think Lenny K is one of the sexiest men on the planet, either.
One of the most touching scenes in the first book is the death of a young tribute, as did the book, the movie reduced me to tears. Well I did my best not to sob out loud during the movie but I must say it was a real effort and even as I left the theater I could feel the ache in my chest from that scene. Now when I cry from anger it is a frustrated emotional outburst that usually leaves me feeling sad and a bit depressed that I gave someone or thing that much power over me and my emotions. A heartbreak cry is a different beast, it tends to leave me purged of emotion cleansed in a way, even though the ache may still linger. I have to wonder have they done studies to determine why your heart / solar plexus actually ache when you experience emotions in that range. Do we create this ache to justify the tears, am I just drawing on old memories stimulated by similar situations, or do they go hand in hand each part of the process.
I turned to my faithful friend Wikipedia for an answer to my question,
A study has shown that a broken heart hurts in the same way as pangs of intense physical pain. The research demonstrated that the same regions of the brain that become active in response to painful sensory experiences are activated during intense experiences of social rejection, or social loss generally. "These results give new meaning to the idea that social rejection 'hurts'," said University of Michigan social psychologist Ethan Kross, lead author of the article. The Michigan research implicates the secondary somatosensory cortex and the dorsal posterior insula.
The psychologist and writer Dorothy Rowe collected that she thought of heartbreak as an empty cliché until she experienced it herself as an adult. Heartbreak can sometimes lead people to seek medical help for the physical symptom, and may then be related to a somatoform disorder.
Apparently, I am not alone in question, however, I have no answer other than to say when we experience loss we feel the pain but why specific body parts are involved is still a bit of a mystery.
If you read or saw The Hunger Games what was your experience with the scene that I am trying not to spoil for others. Did you have an emotional reaction? Did you feel a connection to the characters? If you did connect, was there a specific life event that you felt reminded of as you experience the emotions?
My answer would be yes to all three questions.