Choosing to Suffer: Reflections on an Enigma
- Allan S. Berger
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Most people pursue pleasure and seek to avoid pain. Some individuals, however, choose a life characterized by pain and suffering. The author describes the most common varieties of such behavior patterns: asceticism, martyrdom, penance and masochism. Critical psychodynamics are discussed and the author proposes a synthesis of the motivation underlying pain/suffering seeking behavior.
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- Choosing to Suffer: Reflections on an Enigma
Journal of Religion and Health
Volume 42, Issue 3 , pp 251-255
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- Allan S. Berger (1)
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- 1. Department of Psychiatry, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C