Pain is one of the most common personal experiences which virtually all humans can have during their lifetime. It is a subjective occurence which often cannot be easily quantitated and compared between individuals since it appears that each individual looks at his or her pain in their own way.
“Pain is a part of life. It may not always be your favorite part but it is around for a reason. Pain is like a 6th sense a warning sign if you will. People need this sensation to comprehend how their body is feeling. Life without pain is like shoes without lases, it just dosen't fit. People have limitations and boundries and pain provides these boundries. Pain gives the limitations to people and is a must have even though it is unpleasant.”
Pain is a natural an important response that must not be ignored if we are to maintain maximum health. Whether it is physical or emotional, pain is necessary to help us respond to the changing needs of our minds and bodies. Although it is important, at times, to mask pain in order to begin the journey through the healing process, pain is good and should not be ignored. Pain allows us to acknowledge there is a problem, and later, to evaluate the progress of treatment.
“An illusion is a perception that does not match the physical reality. Is pain, then, as with illusions, a mind construct that some people can decide to turn off?
As you will see in the studies that follow, pain varies as a function of mood, attentiveness and circumstances, lending support to the theory that pain is an emotion. These studies show that emp thy also extends to pain, just as it does to other emotions, even when the victims are fake strangers. And the research indicates that people can experience pain for the wrong reasons or fail to experience it when it would be very reasonable to do so. Moreover, when pain is disconnected from the physical reality, it is an illusion, too.”( http://smc.neuralcorrelate.com/files/publications/scientificamericanmind0913-19.pdf)
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