Understanding Pain and What to Do About It [5:00]


This video discusses the biology of pain, the various kinds, and several options for dealing with it.  Most of the video focuses on persistent, chronic pain, which is often caused by our nervous system and not because we (continue) to have anything wrong with our body.  For this, medication can help to a degree.  However we can learn ways to manage our pain and stress by changing our social situation, thoughts, and beliefs.  Diet and lifestyle also have a huge impact on chronic pain and our sensitive nervous system.

Discussion Questions

  • Where does pain exist?  Do we need something wrong with our bodies to feel pain?
  • What are some ways we can manage chronic pain?
  • How can our thoughts, beliefs, life narratives, and social situation affect the pain we feel?

Keywords: pain, suffering, brain, psychology, stress, therapy,


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