What happens to your body when you feel hatred? A new study answers the question. Mind, emotions and body are connected. When there is anger or hatred hormones and substances such as adrenaline, cortisol, prolactin is released; the longer secreted in the body suffers more damage the immune system and the body is more susceptible.  Neurobiology Laboratory researchers from The University College of London, found that when you feel hatred the central area of the brain is activated, known as the putamen and insula, located on the lateral surface. These areas are the same that are activated when you feel romantic love. It is logical that parties are stimulating because they are passions that can lead to commit so irrational and aggressive acts, Semir Zeki says, researcher at the Laboratory of Neurobiology at University College. Zeki S, Romaya JP (2008) Neural Correlates of Hate. PLoS ONE 3(10): e3556. Available from: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0003556 [Accessed: 17 August 2016] Hatred is the product of resentment, it is contrary to love. A hostile, aggressive and repulsive attitude against something or someone is expressed. This may be by frustration, rivalry or jealousy. It is an inexhaustible feeling that is hard to forgive and forget.

 When we feel something negative to a person, the body goes into a fight, this creates changes such as increased blood pressure; anger arises and the inflammatory system responds to the threat, says Charles Raison, clinical director of the Mind and Body Program at Emory University.

When you’re resenting that pain and just want revenge or looking for retaliation, you wear your energy and lose focus of your present, which leads to diseases of the digestive and nervous system.

 The brain as seen undergoes, changes at the biochemical, cognitive and emotional level. Hence the importance of seeking balance and let go of negative emotions.

Ruth Talavera Flores


Research Associate & IRIANS’s Representative for

the Iberian Peninsula and Mexico

IRIANS – The Neuroscience Institute

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