Pain and suffering aren’t exactly everybody’s cup of tea, but we do study pain as part of the A2 health course. Some of the more interesting topics in pain are surrounding peoples perceptions of pain such as how some people perform extraordinary acts (such as lying on a bed of nails or sitting through one of my lessons) without any perception of pain, whereas other people will experience pain in a limb that doesn’t exist.
From a psychologists point of view, if pain was a purely physiological experience then we should all feel the same sensations in the same situations. This doesn’t seem to be the case. There is some form of psychological intervention in the processing of pain (some people actually enjoy it!)
The BBC has recently released a series of radio programmes which look at how we experience our senses and the first one is on how we experience pain:
“Graham steps into the Pain Research laboratory at the Institute of Psychiatry in London to discover why some things hurt more than others.
Plus he talks to The Torture King, who performs some pretty shocking stunts. How does he control his pain?”
Quite an interesting and worth a listen. You can listen to the show again on the BBC website here.