There are two truths about pain. #1: your pain is real. And #2: your pain is an interpretation that your brain makes about your situation and safety. Hmm…
The International Association for the Study of Pain organization defines pain as:
"An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage" 1.
To explain pain, here’s an example of how you can feel pain after an acute injury (when you first get injured):
Let's say you're crossing a traffic-filled NYC street, cars waiting to jump ahead as soon as the light turns green, and suddenly you twist your ankle in the middle of crossing (thanks, potholes!). Either you feel immediate pain, fall, and need assistance to continue the intersection, or you can miraculously run on the newly torn ankle to the safety of the sidewalk without feeling pain.
How are these two entirely...