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The right words matter when talking about pain

It is no coincidence that we describe the “pain” of loneliness or the “agony” of rejected romantic feelings. Paper cuts can be “excruciatingly painful”, but so can watching the social mishaps of Basil Fawlty or David Brent. Personal criticism can be “stinging”. The book The Patient’s Brain outlines the evidence that later evolutionary traits such ...

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