After the toxic “gaslighting” fight in Episode 11 of Season 8 of The Bachelor in Paradise caused Parisi to leave, viewers stopped shipping the once-beloved couple. Although they reconciled and Gen decided to stay, their inexplicable verbal fight in Episode 14 served to remind viewers how terrible a pair they are.
A discussion ensued about whether or not itching is the same as pain. “It’s not only the stupidest fight in the history of Paradise, it’s the stupidest fight in the history of fights. Period.” said Wells Adams, a bartender at Paradise.
How Did the Debate Begin?
Trouble started when Parisi explained to Clancy that she was irritated and impatient for no apparent reason. Clancy compared her irritation to stress, but she reassured him that the two emotions are distinct. Not so, according to him. When Parisi exclaimed, “IT’S DIFFERENT!” he replied, “That’s like saying itching and pain are different.”
This discussion of discomfort and itchiness has already gone on for too long. There was yelling and cursing, and everyone on the beach looked at the arguing couple like they had two heads.
Clancy’s incessant reiteration of “itching is low-level pain” drove Parisi to begin packing. And honestly? Who could blame her? However, Parisi declared to the camera crew, “This is the last straw. I’m done. I want to go. Please get me a car,” Clancy stared straight ahead, declaring, “Itching is low-level pain, and that’s facts!”
“I cannot see a life outside with him,” Parisi admitted at last. I would not be happy.” Yet, while she waited for her car, Clancy approached her. Again repeating, “It is scientifically proven itching is low-level pain,” then apologised for his behavior. “I’ve tried to give you sweet love. I’ve tried to give you tough love… and I know when you’re not emotional you are very sweet and very nurturing and there’s a reason I fell in love with you. But when you’re emotional it just takes over everything,” he told Parisi condescendingly.
Famously put into words by Wells Adams: “I feel like this place is making me dumber.” Furthermore, he may very well be correct in his assessment.
Did Genevieve and Aaron Parted Ways?
After Genevieve got into a fight with Aaron, he saw her starting to pack and waiting for the car. It is scientifically proven that itching is low-level pain, the account executive reaffirmed. But he eventually expressed regret for his actions as well. Genevieve decides to give Aaron another chance, much to the dismay of many fans.
“I’ve tried to give you sweet love. I’ve tried to give you tough love… and I know when you’re not emotional you are very sweet and very nurturing and there’s a reason I fell in love with you. But when you’re emotional it just takes over everything,” he tells Genevieve.
Is Itch a Low-Level Form of Pain?
According to Neuroscientists Mark Hoon and Santosh Mishra (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in Bethesda, Maryland) “Our research reveals the primary transmitter used by itch sensory neurons and confirms that itch is detected by specialized sensory neurons,”.
Previous studies hypothesised that gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) was the neurotransmitter secreted by sensory neurons that set off signals associated with itching. When searching for GRP outside of the spinal cord, researchers like Hoon and Mishra and another team came up empty, suggesting that GRP is not the primary trigger.
But GRP is still involved in the itch response, as discovered by Hoon and Mishra. Mice deficient in Nppb or its receptor showed enhanced scratching responses after receiving injections of GRP. In addition, spinal-cord injection of Nppb did not elicit scratching behaviour in GRP receptor-inhibited mice. According to these findings, GRP-releasing neurons are involved in the transmission of the itch sensation but come after Nppb.
Hoon says “The neural pathways for itch in humans are similar, though not identical, to those in mice, and it is unknown whether they involve Nppb or something similar to it”.
Itch was previously thought to be a low level form of pain, but a study in mice suggests that it is actually a distinct sensation with a specialised neural circuit connecting cells in the periphery to the brain.