I stumbled across and interesting concept recently… what if we have created the pain in our body as a way to distract ourselves from thinking of things that actually cause us more severe emotional pain?
It was a new idea to me but the more I delved into the subject and the connections with our personality types and how we might have a hidden benefit to having pain within our body, the more I started to see that there could be some truth to this. I have written about of some of these concepts in previous blog posts, including something I call Timeous Perfectionism and feelings of needing to do things in a rush, so I thought we should certainly keep an open mind and explore this idea a little further…
To be honest, I am still wrapping my head around the idea that this could be true and decided to connect with Steve Ozanich, the author of The Great Pain Deception to see if he could share his insights with us. He shares some insights on why the body may create a diversion of pain and what happens in the body when we are under extreme stress – particularly emotional stress.
The explanation is that when we are under constant emotional stress, through a particular personality type (described as Type T Personality) that we will be reducing the oxygen delivery to our organs. It is this lack of oxygen or ischemia, that ultimately causes a pain response in the body. When this continues for a long period of time, it is as if we have trained the brain to expect a pain response from an area.
The description of the Type T Personality type (indicative of struggling with Tension Myoneural Syndrome), includes:
- Are you a perfectionist?
- Are you a people pleaser?
- Are you particularly hard on yourself?
- Are you highly responsible for others?
- Are you sensitive to criticism?
- Do you like to do “right by others”? and don’t like to offend others?
Type T Personalities tend to be tension prone – tight shoulders are a common expression within the body.
I also discovered the word of Dr.David Schechter who wrote the book Think away your Pain, which is based on the same concept of TMS. He also has a workbook to help us move through any emotional or mind/body connection we have within our body.
I can certainly see some correlations with these personality traits in myself and how I may have used pain as a distraction to avoid dealing with emotional pain or fear.
The trouble I always have though…. is that it doesn’t explain why not everyone with these type of traits experiences pain in the body. I am certainly going to explore the workbook by Dr.David Schechter further and explore the mind/body connection here as I can see some merit in it.
Would love to know what you think and if you feel that you have possibly created the pain in your body to avoid dealing with a deeper emotional pain?