Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Numbing the Pain

I understand why the mind numbs the pain. It is a coping mechanism and I love nature for doing it. When a person repeatedly goes through bouts of pain, the mind protects the heart by numbing the pain. If the heart is allowed to experience all that pain, it would not last very long. So this is a good solution.
But it is sad that the person goes dead inside. Watching this TED video was a revelation for me. It was shocking to know that a person who numbs pain cannot experience joy or love.
Another thing that I observed about this video is the claim that people in this generation are more prone to drugs, depression etc because we numb our pain. Doesn't it make you wonder how people in the older generations coped. Because people across all cultures in the yesteryears were asked to shutup and follow the rules. Our generation is by far the most expressive of all generations. Example: Facebook, loaded with useless rants.
So I wanted an answer for this question and bought Brene Brown's book "The Gifts of Imperfection" when I started writing this post. Since then I have moved on to two other books because Brene Brown was ranting about her personal journey in the book too. I will probably get back to this book later.

1 comment:

  1. Good one Kalpana!! I tend to avoid such books too. I somehow get depressed when i read such stuff. I stick to comedy and love stories most of the times.