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IASP Taxonomy

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International Association for the Study of Pain
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May 22

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Official (IASP) definitions of pain terminology: reading so dry it’s like eating a bale of hay, but a valuable reference nevertheless. For example, here’s the formal definition of pain:

An unpleasant sensory & emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.

And now less formally, my translation:

A shitty, freaky feeling which may or may not have anything to do with fucked up tissues (but it sure seems like it!)

~ Paul Ingraham, PainSci Publisher

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