We discount the pain of people we don’t like

We discount the pain of people we don’t like.

Pain “of disliked patients expressing high intensity pain was estimated as less intense than pain of liked patients expressing high intensity pain.”

If a patient is not likeable, will he or she be taken less seriously when exhibiting or complaining about pain? Reporting in the October 2011 issue of Pain, researchers have found that observers of patients estimate lower pain intensity and are perceptually less sympathetic to the patients’ pain when the patients are not liked.

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