The Great Enigma Of Emotions And Physical Pain

Emotions and physical pain

Headaches, stomach problems… they turn out to be very common in doctors’ offices. At this moment, psychology joins medicine and they build a whole that manages to explain the cause of part of these pains that affect a large part of the population without apparent physical cause.

Mental and physical health are indivisible they coordinate and if there is an imbalance in one of the two, the other is affected.

What influence does the mind have on pain?

Many kinds of pain are diagnosed as tension myositis syndrome, and the cause is in the mind. Doctors commonly encounter this situation and observe firsthand. How a severe headache is related to family problems, at work.and they consider how to treat it since there is no evidence of a physical cause.

John E. Sarno has been interested in this topic and has delved into the questions relevant to the mind’s use of pain. When faced with a complicated situation, human beings prefer physical pain to facing said emotion.

Everything starts with the brain This generates pain that has no organic cause so that people pay attention to their body, in this way attention is diverted from the repressed subconscious. Dr. Sarno’s theory proposes that when the repressed subconscious is recognized, the symptoms decrease. In this way, we would be “signaling” to our brain that we already know the cause of this pain and that it no longer has to cover it up.

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How does Doctor Sarno carry out this treatment?

These types of alterations are treated through education and learning, in which the patient is an active subject and aware of what is happening to him and implements conscious strategies in order to heal and make the pain disappear.

First, the patient is asked what he or she believes is the origin of said emotion. Letting him express himself is essential for this awareness. The person will share how they feel and the therapist accompanies them in this process. However, recognizing emotions is not as simple as it seems.

How to recognize our emotions?

These are several guidelines to reconcile ourselves with what we feel.

1. Recognize the sensation

Be able to detect the physiological impact that this emotion causes Such as: tension in the neck

2. The response that generates emotion in me

As we well know, emotions They have an adaptive function Identifying what awakens this emotion in us is basic.

3. Identify the primary emotion

All moods are based on a primary emotion such as anger, sadness, etc.

4. Identify emotions combined with the primary emotion

This requires a deeper process of introspection. We may be afraid to delve into this reflection that is essential in the improvement process.

Let’s reflect

We must pay more attention to our body, get to know each other more and express our feelings on a regular basis. Society should not be ashamed of suffering from emotional pain. The stigma that exists regarding mental health will not disappear by talking about solutions, but by carrying them out. Let’s stop being afraid, let’s act and promote human well-being.

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Author: Andrea Martínez Pellicer.