Only 4 more hours to go... I haven't been hungry until now...
I love psychology. I love the ‘ologies’ really but it’s always been my goal to go back to uni for my masters in psychology and spoiler alert, once I’m through this cancer stuff that’s my plan. In the meantime I am my own test subject. -
So, I notice when I sit around and ‘relax’ that my pain actually intensifies. For sure part of that is because of the location of the pain sitting is just not a comfortable position right now. The other part of that though is that I’m lacking distraction. I perceive more pain because my brain attends more to the pain stimuli. Look up the ‘gate-theory of pain.’ It’s pretty interesting 😉
“The gating-theory of pain posits that taking the focus away from the pain can actually reduce your subjective experience of the pain. This function is thought to be the role of the periaqueductal gray mater in the dorsal root ganglia of the spinal column. By focusing attention elsewhere you can stimulate the PAG and actually produce an analgesic effect. This is why, coupled with endorphin release, soldiers and athletes (etc.) often do not sense their pain until after an injury (they are hyper-focused on something other than the pain). If you are ever in pain, try focusing on a mundane task, such as counting tiles in a ceiling or solving a math problem!”
Feel sickened by the Brett Kavanaugh hearing? Me too, so here’s me feeling disgusted on our beautifully refinished wood floors #ineedadistraction