Not a very cheery title I know. But it’s not a very cheery subject either. It’s a guest post by me on the Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life blog.

I’m unsure how good it is – I was reaching to deal with stuff that I find very difficult and don’t have a good grasp on yet. It is about pain as a kind of primary physical reaction and the suffering being our response to this. I’m not sure that this distinction is watertight – though it certainly makes sense of some of our experience.

I’d like to hear what you make of it. And especially if you make sense of suffering in some way or even if you think that the attempt to make sense of suffering is completely wrong-headed. Looking forward to hearing from you, Evan.

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2 Comments to “Pain and Suffering”

  1. Adam says:

    Hi Evan

    Pain & suffering, as you distinguish them, seem like fear & dread – one is a primary response and the other is an expectation of the first, our reaction to an anticipation. Perhaps maladaptive suffering is when our expectations, and the accompanying dread, are worse than the actual pain involved? Of course, there’s unrelenting pain and suffering from that, which is something else again – when the expectation is fulfilled, again and again.

  2. Evan says:

    Hi Adam, I like the link with fear and dread. I didn’t deal with chronic pain because I thought I didn’t have enough space. Thanks for your comment.

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