The great enigma of emotions and physical pain

Headaches, stomach problems … turn out to be very common in medical offices. At this point, psychology joins medicine and builds a whole which manages to explain the cause of some of these pains which affect a large part of the population with no apparent physical cause.

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

    What influence does the mind have on pain?

    Many types of pain are diagnosed as tension myositis syndrome, and the cause is in the mind. Doctors often encounter this situation and observe it firsthand. because an intense headache is linked to family problems, at work… and think about how to treat it as there is no evidence of a physical cause.

    John I. Sarno has been interested in this subject and has addressed questions relating to the use of pain by the mind. Faced with a complicated situation, human beings prefer physical pain to facing this emotion.

    It all starts with the brain. It generates pains that have no organic cause for people to pay attention to their body, thus distracting the attention from the repressed subconscious. Dr. Sarno’s theory proposes that when the repressed subconscious is recognized, the symptoms decrease. In this way, we would “tell” our brain that we already know the cause of this pain and that it no longer has to cover it up.

    How does Dr Sarno perform this treatment?

    This type of alteration is treated through an education and learning task, in which the patient is an active subject and aware of what is happening to him and implements conscious strategies to heal and make the pain go away.

    First, the patient is asked what he thinks is the source of this emotion. Letting it express itself is essential to this awareness. The person will share what they are feeling and the therapist accompanies them in this process. However, recognizing emotions is not as easy as it seems.

    How to recognize our emotions?

    These are various guidelines for coming to terms with how we feel.

    1. Acknowledge the feeling

    Be able to detect the physiological impact that this emotion causes. For example: tension in the neck

    2. The answer that generates emotion in me

    As we well know, emotions they have an adaptive function. Identifying what elicits this emotion in us is fundamental.

      3. Identify the main emotion

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

      4. Identify the emotions combined with the main emotion

      It requires a more in-depth soul-searching process. It can be scary to delve into this essential thinking in the improvement process.

      We are thinking

      We need to pay more attention to our body, Get to know each other better and express our feelings regularly. Society should not be ashamed of suffering emotional pain. The stigma that exists around mental health will not go away by talking about solutions, but by implementing them. We stop being afraid, we act and we promote human well-being.

      Author: Andrea Martínez Pellicer.

      Bibliographical references:

      • Bisquerra, J. and Pérez, N. (2007). Emotional skills. Education XXI, 10, 61-82.
      • Lambie, JA and Marcel, AJ (2002). Awareness and Varieties of Emotional Experience: A Theoretical Framework. Psychological review, 109, 219-259.
      • Sarno, J. (2006). Healing the body, eliminating pain: a definitive treatment for psychosomatic illnesses. Syrian Editorial: Madrid.

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