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[Interview] Could we be creating the pain in our body?

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?


Hugs, Melissa x
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  1. Melissa

    Love your approach Michelle. Go you!

  2. Michelle

    Hi my name is Michelle I have Endo 19 years 3 surgery’s one more pending I’ve been doing a lot of meditation in the last 2 years I’m now receiving energy healing which I love it makes sense to me, the interview also makes 100 percent sense I still have a long way to go with grasping the mind over the body but I do believe it so bring it on because there’s no going back now xxx

  3. Melissa

    Thank you so much for sharing Sharlene. I love that you have made the emotional connections as I have done for years 🙂

  4. Melissa

    Thank you Marleen 🙂 Glad you are enjoying it as much as I have enjoyed sharing it.

  5. marleen

    I just love this Melissa, thank you so much for sharing. This is just what i needed. Want to buy the book and explore more of this….xxmarleen

  6. Melissa

    Thanks for sharing Liberty. I can definitely see a connection with that too. I hope you have found ways to free that pain from your body hun.

  7. Melissa

    Thank you for sharing Sharlene and the amazing journey you have experienced in reducing your pain. I will definitely check out gaia.com and see what other insights there are on the topic.

  8. Sharlene

    I’ve felt this strongly for over a year now. I know for a fact that my body developed scoliosis and endometriosis as a way to get my attention. I had suppressed emotional pain until it started to reek havoc on my body. I’ve also noticed that the more I release the pain of the past the less painful my menstrual cramps have become. They are also lighter and shorter.
    I have more emotional baggage to release and I hope to be totally pain free one day.

    For the past 9 months I’ve been on an intense healing journey of releasing the wounding that I had experienced in childhood that I had hid from myself for so long and the more I heal the lighter my body feels and the less pain I have each month when I get my period. The pain used to last for 3 whole days now the pain only lasts for one day, the first day.

    I also think that human beings can naturally become addicted to pain consciously or subconsciously, it’s possible to get used to feeling a certain kind of way and then remain in situations that perpetuate that feeling.

    There are some very interesting shows and documentaries on this on gaia.com. They’re definitely worth checking out for yourself as well as tuning into your own body to find out what needs healing.

    I love you for sharing this.

    Lots of Love,

    Sharlene Moulton

  9. Liberty

    Yes i definitely believe this to be true, as someone who suffered childhood abuse, i think a lot of my physical pain comes from emotional stress.

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