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Pain self-efficacy

 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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It’s notoriously hard to relieve pain itself — we do not “have the technology” for most kinds of pain.

But it is “easy” (relatively!) to ease the suffering and disability that pain comes with. While this seems like a poor consolation prize for a lot of people, it should not be underestimated.

From a nice X/Twitter thread by Ben Cormack about the important concept of “pain self-efficacy”…

“PSE is the ability to function with or despite some pain. This could be work, social or family related. PSE is not a magic bullet, but might be part of recovery for some, or even many!”

Read the whole thing (a minute or two). If you cannot bear to visit X-Twitter, you can also read it on (but with lots of intrusive ads — sigh, the internet is so broken).

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