How Witnessing Pain Online Brings Us Together

Grant H Brenner
6 min readDec 21, 2022

New research on how collective attention to pain drives affiliation.

Credit: Grant H Brenner, with DALL

Pain is a universal experience, shared not only among human beings but also by members of the animal kingdom, and perhaps beyond. Pain can leave us isolated and feeling abandoned, but it can also bring us together.

Grant H Brenner

Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Entrepreneur, Writer, Speaker, Disaster Responder, Advocate, Photographer