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Why Pain?

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by booboo, Apr 28, 2017.

  1. booboo

    booboo New Member

    I'm not convinced that Pain is the main reason for TMS....(Pain as a distraction)....would not "Denial" be just as (maybe more) an effective a tool for the unconscious mind to use?

    Is it because this is a Pain Forum that Pain is highlighted?

    Does Denial have any role to play?
  2. Ellen

    Ellen Beloved Grand Eagle

    I think many of us also use denial as a defense mechanism against confronting and feeling difficult emotions. However, I think the use of physical symptoms is more effective as it keeps us so fixated on the body that other thoughts and emotions are not likely to intrude. I have personally had difficult emotions break through denial, where I found myself reacting emotionally to a trigger, but with no conscious awareness of why. Once I was able to make to the connection, my physical symptoms became worse and I developed new ones to keep me from feeling the emotions.

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