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Psychological pain

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Psychological pain refers to pain caused by psychological stress and by emotional trauma, as distinct from that caused by physiological injuries and syndromes. In recent years there has been some prominence to lawsuits which attempt to recover money as a result not of physical pain but psychological pain, which has been quite controversial.

Many pains that are quite physical sometimes have psychological explanations, for example, it is said that a pain in the rear left side of your brain is from 'unshed tears' suggesting a sense of loss and yet not displaying it.

Psychological pain is distinct and separate from emotional pain, which is 'heartache' due to a true or perceived loss. In his book 'The Fisher King & the Handless Maiden', celebrated Jungian analyst and author, Robert A. Johnson, describes psychological pain as "the wounded feeling function in masculine and feminine psychology".

In the synopsis of The Fisher King & the Handless Maiden, pain from psychological wounds is reasoned to be the cause of our collective inability to find joy, worth and meaning in life.

Few people perceive that human cruelty across the ages, originates from a misdirected effort to end psychological pain. It has become the hallmark of a human to project our inner pain onto another and then seek to destroy that other. The biblical "beam in thine own eye" is a clue that is critical to understanding the nature & effect of psychological pain.

The temporary relief of psychological pain, today, is used to sell anything from cigarettes to movies. How could Anakin Skywalker become Darth Vader without the increase of his psychological pain? It allows us projection.

People will pay money in order to be able to project their psychological pain unto a fictional character, metaphor or drug induced state, even if it is only temporary relief. This is because the nature of psychological pain is entwined with our human tendency towards addiction.


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