On pain…and suffering
Medfører smerte lidelse – eller opstår lidelse når vi ikke kan leve livet som vi ønsker det? Det forsøger dette indlæg, som jeg re-blogger, at se nærmere på.
Two words that often go together: Pain, Suffering. Pain we can define according to the IASP definition –
An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage (Read the note below as well).
Suffering? What is that?
My favourite definition comes from Eric Cassell (Emeritus Professor at Cornell University). He makes the point that bodies don’t suffer, only people do, saying that “in all the situations in which suffering comes about the meaning of the occurrence to the person and the person’s perception of the future are crucial” (Cassell, 2011). The point he makes is that while bodies may have nociception, and neuroendocrine responses to emotional stimuli, bodies do not have a sense of the future, and bodies don’t know meanings, only people do. Illness doesn’t come from disease, it comes from a process that “unfolds over time” as…
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