Pain And Pain: The Definition Of Pain

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Georgie Wilson P. Croswell English 111303 Date Pain “Without pain, there would be no suffering, without suffering we would never learn from our mistakes. To make it right, pain and suffering is the key to all windows, without it, there is no way of life” (“Wise Old Sayings”). According to the English Oxford Dictionaries, pain is a “highly unpleasant physical sensation caused by illness or injury” (“Pain”). In modern times, pain is not only associated with a sensation which is caused by illness or injury, but also with a similar sensation associated with emotional setbacks. A sense of pain can help a person determine the limits of which the body can be pushed physically. A different sense of pain, emotional pain, can help a person determine the correct choices to make in life when it comes to emotion. Ultimately, pain allows an individual to learn from his or her mistakes. Pain is caused by illness and injury, as well as emotional setbacks such as break ups and loss of loved ones. Pain felt during past experiences have the potential to affect future decisions.…show more content…
Pain was first considered an emotional sensation by Plato and Aristotle (“History of Pain”). Emotional pain, caused by a breakup or the death of a family member, is felt in the heart. Aristotle once described pain “...like a spirit that enters through an injury” (“History of Pain”). Based on evolutionary theory, pain was described as a way in which the body defends itself through reactions to get the body away from the cause of pain. (“History of Pain”). In current times, pain is still considered an emotional sensation as well as a physical sensation. Emotional sensations are felt within the heart and at times can be hard to recover from depending on the seriousness of the cause of pain. Physical pain is felt throughout the body rather than within the
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