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Psychosocial Mediators of Chronic Pain 

Psychosocial Mediators of Chronic Pain
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Psychosocial Mediators of Chronic Pain
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James M. Cahill

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199315246.003.0008
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date: 13 August 2020

This chapter considers contextual mediators of pain with the hope that opportunities for mind-body interventions will be elucidated and inspired. The literature suggests that pain is not reducible to sensation; neither is it equivalent to suffering or even distress. Instead, it should be viewed as an experience that arises within a context, and this context is fluid, has often counterintuitive effects, and may provide fruitful perspectives for the cessation of suffering for those challenged by chronic pain.

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