Sticks & Stones: Cognition, Behavior & Physical Pain

Many people understand how our thoughts and behavior create states of emotional suffering such as anxiety and depression. Fewer understand these same inputs create and maintain physical pain. As a result, we can misperceive ourselves as passive victims of pain, failing to see how and why we create this vital human experience.

In a recent class at Georgetown University’s Integrative Medicine program, my students and I looked at how and why body and mind work in concert to produce pain. Precisely the same stimulus or degree of tissue damage may or may not produce a pain experience.  We examine how this is so, and at what we can do – cognitively and behaviorally – if we want to reduce or eliminate chronic pain states.

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About Daniel Mintie

Daniel Mintie is a cogntive behavioral therapist with 28 years' experience treating PTSD. He teaches CBT at universities and training centers worldwide.

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