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The Anatomy of Psychological Pain

Concerned Global Citizen
2 min readDec 13, 2019


Memory recollection appears to be a central component in the process of thought, sometimes the result is just feelings of pure hell such as in the following example:

There is a comparison made of a “better” past with the now “worse” present, say for example, one is presently experiencing impending financial hardships due to lack of money. Suddenly there’s the recollection of a time in one’s life when they had lots of money.

The recollection appears to produce a slight jolt of a “pleasure”, or comfort feeling at the remembrance of the better days. Furthermore, in order for this recollection to produce these feelings of pleasure it must form a comparison between the memory of “the money that was” and the state of the money that presently “is”.

However, as is the nature of any comparison, there are always two sides.

And so while the one side produces pleasure as a result of the comparison of the less pleasurable and painful side, the painful side had to first be created to be “compared to” and so the painful side must also exist. And so if it’s easy for one to recall the “good old days”, it’s equally as easy for one to experience the existence its opposite as the “not so good present day”.

This experience taking the form of feelings of immense, intense, and prolonged sensations of burning mental anguish, or mental “pain”.

Is any of this true?

Please examine this for yourself without any motive, for if you have a motive it will dictate the answer.