Have you ever stubbed your toe and yelled out profanities that would make your grandmother blush? Do you deal with chronic pain which puts you in a sour mood making everything you do unpleasant? What is it about pain that makes us so angry?
Scientists wondered the same thing, so they experimented squids. In their first experiment, they had injured squids, and non-injured squids enter a tank with their natural predator, the sea bass. What they found was that the non-injured squid was very aware of the predator while the injured squid was more active.
In the study, the injured squid was changing colors and releasing ink when in the tank of the predator. They were responding more to visual stimulants than the non-injured squids. The injured squid made it clear they were ready to fight. The study went even further when the researchers took injured squid but also took away their sensation of pain. And what they found was just as interesting.
When they put the un-injured squid and the injured squid without feelings of pain in the tank with the sea bass, the injured squid was still more attentive than the non0injured squid. But what they found was that the injured squid that couldn’t feel pain was more likely to be eaten by the sea bass.
Scientists believe that this study has revealed that the anger we feel when we experience pain is a biological defense mechanism. They believe that as predators evolve towards seeking out the most vulnerable prey, prey has evolved to become more aggressive and attentive in times of injury to combat this evolutionary advancement.
So next time you are around someone who has MS or fibromyalgia, and they seem in a sour mood, cut them some slack. Our bodies are designed to become hypervigilant when we are injured, and it is something that is difficult to control. If you are someone who experiences pain on a regular basis and you are tired of being mad all of the time, try CBD oil! It has shown to help reduce the sensations of pain in many different illnesses. You can find more about how CBD can help with pain in this article and find great products in our shop!