Most of us flinch at the sight of our own blood or cower when being grazed by the feeble incision of a paper cut. Have you ever noticed a person with an ample amount of tattoos or provocative piercings that have forcefully elongated and expanded their earlobes? These appearances are more than just trendy or artsy fads, they are symbolic for an ability to achieve a high tolerance for pain while possibly shadowing a hidden feeling of pleasure. Is it plausible that the capability of enduring pain is defined by one who possesses a strong mind and has adapted a mind over matter philosophy.
The brain is a significant element in the perception of pain. Aside from the mechanics of neurological receptors, it can be possible to magnify the intensity and sensation associated with pain. According to the Psychology of Pain, ” Focusing ones attention on the pain can make the pain worse.” Hypochondriacs tend to fall in the category of emphasizing on pain and therefore often create an over exaggerated feeling of pain. The individual who welcomes the pain from tattoos or piercings or even the persons who walk on hot coals have fully evolved their minds to block out the feeling of pain.
Pain can be dissected and analyzed in various ways. One persons perception of pain may be extremely different from another. To another, the aspect of pain may be perceived as nonexistent. In some instances physical trauma experienced during ones childhood may be a major factor in encouraging the victim to replicate a scenario where pain was induced. According to guidetopsychology.com,” If you can convince yourself that you are worthless, then you can easily justify not resisting anything that degrades your value.” Could this be why some people who are involved in abusive relationships persist to endure the trauma and abuse? In abuse cases where a victim encounters physical pain, they might have convinced themselves that they deserved the abuse. In other instances, abuse victims can make the abusive confrontation a distant memory and suppress it so much that their reality becomes misconstrued.
Some abuse victims take the factors of emotional, physical, and psychological pain and tend to filter and neglect to acknowledge these treacherous effects as a coping mechanism to mask the pain. In this case one can’t help but feel that there are limits when it comes to enduring pain. One may be so strong willed and mentally tough in tolerating pain, but in this case the pain can possibly lead to death. When the pain becomes a life threatening factor then the action of withdrawing should be instantaneously initiated to preserve ones life and well-being. We all have our limits and it is up to us to decipher the difference between toleration and going too far.