Face pain to reduce it

A couple of weeks ago, an item in Times of India caught my eye. The article was Looking at your body can reduce pain.

painMost people prefer to look away when they know something is going to hurt. However, a new research has suggested that watching during a painful procedure such as an injection can actually make it hurt less.

Simply looking at your body reduces pain, according the new study by scientists from UCL (University College London) and the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.


The research has shown that viewing your hand reduces the pain experienced when a hot object touches the skin.

I think all of us instinctively turn away from pain. We can’t avoid the pain so we avoid looking at it. It’s true not only for the physical pain, but also mental pain. When we are in a painful, difficult situation, we avoid facing it.

So if I have a bad boss, or a difficult client or have a fight with my wife, what do we do? Typically, we run away from the situation. We avoid meeting these people. We hope that the situation will automatically correct itself, if we wait long enough. This may supress the problem, create some peace temporarily, but the underlying problem has only subsided. The problem is still live and would emerge again at the slightest pretext. Most of the times we know this, and the tension still stays within us.

On the other hand, if we rise above our fear and discomfort and face the problem, in most cases, we would be able to solve the problem permanently. And just in case, we can’t solve the problem sometimes, we would have a little pain at that time, but we would be free from that situation.

So, Face pain to reduce it!

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8 Responses to Face pain to reduce it

  1. Peter says:

    Nicely put. Another aspect maybe – if I look away, there is a looming sense of “what else is going to happen to me?” and the anxiety of that (however subconscious) contributes a lot to the discomfort. If I look, then the boundaries of the pain are there too, and that lessens the discomfort of the experience.

  2. ristinw says:

    Very thoughtful! I like your post!

  3. Rahul Yadav says:

    Had read this line somewhere “Running away from the problem only increases the distance from the solution”

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