Dr. Wright explains how women in chronic pain become introverted and shares how they can overcome this to seek emotional support.
Chronic pain patients find emotional support first with themselves. They have to have compassion for themselves and to structure their environment so as to be respectful but not debilitated by their pain. That is, that they honor the fact that they have limitations and be cautious of secondary gain with pain.
And then looking to situations and people who can support them out of that pain, whether it’s playing cards with a friend, but it’s in the engagement. The hazard with pain is the isolation. “I can’t do it because it hurts; I can’t.” And that becomes a mantra that’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. So what you want to do is, “I can do this, but maybe not as much as.” Just being respectful and mindful of your limitations but not separating themselves from the world.
About Dr. Barbara Wright, Ph.D.:
Barbara Wright, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist based in Laguna Beach, California. She has been in private practice for over 30 year. During this time she has developed a method and system of compassionate communication for skillful conflict resolution, be it intrapersonal or interpersonal for individuals, couples, families, as well as schools and corporative situations. This method Metta4All, is the culmination of her life’s work as a speech therapist and clinical psychologist.