It’s been a while since I released a 31 days project video. I’ve been reading a lot of papers back from the 80s and seeing that actually not a lot has changed in terms of pain management. One pioneering individual (he is for me) is Bill Fordyce. He identified how learning and experiences influenced the occurrence of pain behaviours and implemented the concept of operant learning from the works of B.F. Skinner into pain management. Bill Fordyce coined the term ‘For behaviour change information is like wet noodles to a brick’ highlighting the importance of experiential learning to help mould our understanding.
So I thought I would attempt to capture this in another video from the Matrix. In this scene it begins with Neo learning Kung Fu from it being uploaded into his brain. Neo and Morpheus then go into the fight program. Now, at this point I like the idea that even though Kung Fu is uploaded into Neo’s brain he still doesn’t really get it, what a great analogy for explaining pain! Just because we deliver pain education to people, by them “thinking it” isn’t really the same as “knowing it”. Even though Kung Fu has been uploaded into Neo’s brain he still doesn’t fully understand it. It takes experiential learning to facilitate a true understanding of what Neo can actually do. You might argue that Neo is the chosen one, however everyone in the Matrix still had to learn despite information being uploaded. You might remember when the jump program is uploaded into Neo, he falls. The comment comes “everyone falls the first time.” A nice analogy for stumbling during a flare up. The message – We learn from experiences, not just education.
Anyway enjoy the clip.