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The Psychomatrix
A Deeper Understanding of Our Relationship with Pain

ISBN 9781782203186
Published October 7, 2015 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

What is pain? What does it mean to have a relationship with it and how does this affect your identity and existence? The author's definition of pain is derived from that proposed by scientists, such as Melzack, Wall and Freud. Pain is a dynamic, multi-layered, diverse collection of experiences, which impacts and influences us throughout life. Pain is a kind of conglomerate of past, traumatic, neurobiological, psychological and emotional imprints--pain as in suffering or being in pain. The author argues that it is not pain, as such, but our relationship with pain, which is most significant to the processes of our lives. In examining the combination of Freud's psychosexual theory of development and Melzack's theory of the neuromatrix, the author endeavours to evidence her theory that there is the distinct possibility for the existence of what she has named a Psychomatrix-patterns of pain (loss, abandonment, grief, rejection, desire) imprinted from infancy.

Table of Contents

Introduction -- Pain—a vital sign of life? -- From Freud’s project to Melzack’s neuromatrix -- The conceptualisation of the psychomatrix and the subject-pain relationship -- The phantom limb syndrome -- Chronic pain syndrome -- Addiction -- Conclusion

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