Undefeated Mind. By Alex Lickerman,,, pain!


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“Though the experience of physical pain and emotional pain are clearly different,
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functional imaging studies show that,
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with few exceptions,
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the regions of the brain that these types of pain activate are identical.
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These include not only the regions responsible for giving pain its unpleasant character,
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but also those responsible for regulating its size, location, and intensity
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(perhaps partially explaining the startling finding that Tylenol,
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a centrally acting pain reliever,
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alleviates not only the pain of a smashed finger
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but also the pain of hurt feelings.)
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No wonder, then, that physical and emotional pain produce the same reaction:
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a strong desire to avoid the things that cause them.
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“Suffer what there is to suffer.
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Enjoy what there is to enjoy.
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Regard both suffering and joy as facts of life,” wrote Nichiren Daishonin.
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