Repressed Pain: Does Someone’s Pain Disappear Once It Has Been Removed From Their Conscious Awareness?
In today’s world, someone is often thought to begin and end with their conscious mind. Other than their physical body, then, this will be seen as who they are and there won’t be another part of them.
Due to this, if someone’s “mental health” is not in a good way and they were to reach out to their doctor a few things are likely to take place. They could end up being put on medication and/or they could be referred to a cognitive behavioural therapist.
A Natural Outcome
The person who they have reached out to is likely to be a product of their society, with this being a society that has a very materialistic view of life. This is why this person is likely to believe that they are not in a good way because of what is going on at a biological level and/or what is taking place in their mind.
So, if medication is not seen as the solution to what they are going through, changing their thoughts, beliefs and behaviour can be. Having more ‘positive’ thoughts and beliefs and behaving differently is then going to be the answer to what they are going through.
A Number of Issues
Therefore, it might not matter what their issue is as it will be as though there is a one-approach-fits-all. They could be in a position where they experience a lot of anxiety and even fear, they could struggle with feeling down and lifeless and/or they could have a phobia that is making it hard for them to embrace life.
Whatever is going on for them, there is a strong chance that they will be desperate for their life to change. Now, by taking the cognitive behavioural approach, they may find that their life gradually changes.
Then again, even if it does work, it might only change for a little while before it goes back to how it was before. At this point, they could do what they did before, with the hope that it will be different this time.
Or, if their approach changes, they could end up doubling down on what they were doing before. Along with this, what could also be recommended is for them to meditate and to exercise, that’s if they don’t already engage in these activities.
If they were to end up being exposed to information that suggested that they may have pain to work through and this is why their mind-centred approach is not very effective, they could end up feeling confused. If this was to occur, there can be at least two reasons for this.
First, by living in a society that is very mind-centred and is not repression-informed, it is unlikely that they have heard about this before and, second, they might rarely if ever be aware of this pain. As a result of this, up until his point, there is going to be no reason for them to have even considered that they have pain to work through, let alone to have been working through it.
However, although the first and second points can be seen as separate from each other, the former is probably a consequence of the latter. What this comes down to is that a human being has a brain that automatically represses their pain, and it does this to keep them alive.
Once something has been pushed out of their conscious awareness, this part of them will forget all about it; it will be as though it no longer exists. Thus, through having this ability, it is not much of a surprise that human beings will have created a number of societies that largely don’t even acknowledge that repression even takes place.
The Big Illusion
This will then be a society that is primarily made up of people who are unaware of the fact that they are carrying pain. Their conscious mind won’t be aware of it, so it won’t exist as far as this part of them is concerned.
Nonetheless, this pain won’t just lie dormant; it will affect their life in a number of different ways. There will be an impact it has on their mental and emotional health, their relationships, their physical health and the type of society that they co-create.
If someone was to hear about this and they were curious, they could wonder what pain they have repressed. There will be the pain that they have lost touch with throughout their adult years and the pain that they have lost touch with during their early years.
Along with this, there can be the pain that they had to repress whilst they were in their mother’s womb and during their birth. What this illustrates is that even if their early years were fairly nurturing, it doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t have experienced pain.
Getting To the Root
By reconnecting to this repressed pain and feeling the feelings that arise, they are likely to find that their mental and emotional health improves, as do their relationships and any physical problems that they have may also improve. What they may find is that what they had been trying to deal with prior to this was a symptom of something that they were not aware of.
What this emphasises is that in addition to their conscious mind and body; they also have an unconscious mind. Therefore to say that someone begins and ends with their conscious mind is similar to saying that the tip of an iceberg is the only part of it.
If someone can relate to this and they are ready to change their life, they may need to reach out for external support. This is something that can be provided with the assistance of a therapist or healer.
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Oliver JR Cooper
Oliver JR Cooper
Author of 25 books, Transformational Writer, Teacher & Consultant.
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That which is contained within these articles is based on my own empirical understanding and is true for me at the time they were written. However, as I continue to grow, what I perceive as the truth will inevitably change and as a result of this - parts of these articles may not reflect my current outlook.