31 days project: Day 23

Day 23 of the Big Naked Pain and Brain Campaign: Pain nightmare metaphor My life is a story of a man's journey with his fight and acceptance with cancer and before he dies a wish to see his unborn child. This clip shows a very disturbing example of a metaphor around fear. The dream clip shows a sense of [...]

31 Days Project: Day 22

Day 22 of the Big Naked Pain and Brain Campaign - Fear is a choice Today's clip is from the not so great movie After Earth. The speech that Will Smith gives his son about fear being a choice is not entirely accurate. Fear is an emotion that can be expressed through behavior (running away, rooted [...]

31 days project: Day 21

Day 21 of the Big Naked Pain and Brain Campaign - PTSD Memory and Pain This clip is from a fantastic movie: the railway man. The clip shows a happy Eric at the beginning and then a somber and disheveled looking Eric at the end. This clip shows how suffering from past experiences can create difficulties [...]

31 Days Project: Day 20

Day 20 of the Big Fat Pain and Brain Campaign: I know what you know before you know! Sounds like a conundrum doesn't it? Yet neuroscience research is discovering some very interesting results around conscious and unconscious brain activity. This clip from BBC science is thought-provoking, could be interpreted as disturbing or frightening but could [...]

31 days Project: Day 19

Day 19 of the Big Naked Pain and Brain Campaign: Memories can be overwhelming! Memories can be overwhelming particularly those that bring back episodes of persistent pain and that have a deep-seated hold on you. Pain comes in many forms. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is one such form. The repercussions of war can have a [...]

31 Days Project: Day 18

Day 18 of the Big Naked Pain and Brain Campaign: Music to my ears Persistent Pain suffers often describe how their symptoms affect their schema, their person. They can feel trapped or incarcerated by their pain. It is difficult to understand individuals in persistent pain as it is individual to them. In this clip from [...]

31 days project: Day 17

Day 17 of the Big Naked Pain and Brain Campaign: Storm metaphor Another clip from Forest Gump reflects the current journey that Lieutenant Dan is on regarding his suffering after loosing his legs in the Vietnam War. If we consider the storm to be that of pain that he suffers he faces it head on screaming [...]

31 Days Project: Day 16

Day 16 of the Big Naked Pain and Brain Campaign - Pleasure or Pain Today more Family Guy! This clip is suggestive of the pleasure-pain theory. Stewie has a dislocated arm, which Brian relocates with considerable force! What is most interesting is Stewie's comment at the end. 'I'm not saying I like pain, but I'm [...]

31 days project: Day 15

Day 15 of the big naked pain & brain campaign - I can only show you the door Another clip from the Matrix. More cognitive level stuff! This clip shows Morpheus and Neo visiting the oracle. What Morpheus explains is a nice metaphor to highlight independence, in terms of rehabilitation, healthcare professionals can show you [...]

31 days project: Day 14

Yup it's another day for the big naked pain and brain campaign! Day 14 Knowing the path and walking the path So I had to revisit the Matrix as there are so many pain, brain and journey examples in this trilogy. This clip I feel I can relate to as I explain to my patients that [...]