The Purpose of Pain
Pain is an experience that can describe how we feel physically and emotionally. From a physical standpoint, we think of pain as something bad that we want to avoid. If the pain is really bad, we might think of it as “suffering.” These ways of thinking about physical pain apply to emotional and psychological pain.
Pain is a needed experience because it is the mind and body’s natural way of letting us know that something is not right or that we are being harmed. In other words, the purpose of having an alarm such as pain informs us that an action needs to be taken. Pain can also be a sign that further investigation is needed (and action may not be necessary or appropriate). Ignoring these safety “alarms” can lead to future problems with recognizing when something is not right physically or emotionally.
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