The psychology of pain george r hansen mda jon streltzer mdb adepartment of emergency medicine sierra vista regional medical center 1010 murray avenue san luis obispo ca 93405 usa bdepartment of psychiatry john a burns school of medicine university of hawaii 1356 lusitana street honolulu hi 96813 usa the perception of pain involves far more than mere sensation. Psychologists may be called upon to provide treatment at various stages of pain management filling different roles at different times pre intervention educator patient education can be helpful any time during the treatment process however education can be especially critical before certain pain management interventions. The psychology of pain although we can talk about pain as a sensory phenomenon in the same way that we talk about other sensory experiences such as seeing and hearing pain also manifests inherently emotional and motivational features as such the experience and reaction to pain is intimately related to the psychological state of the individual. Stuart derbyshire a senior psychologist at britains university of birmingham says that pain is subjective pain is something that comes from our experiences and develops due to stimulation and human interaction it involves concepts such as location feelings of unpleasantness and having the sensation of pain pain becomes possible because of a psychological development that begins at . To appreciate the psychology of chronic pain it is useful to refer to a classic psychological theory called maslows hierarchy of needs shown in the left figure psychologist abraham maslow
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