Choosing to Suffer: Reflections on an Enigma
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- Berger, A.S. Journal of Religion and Health (2003) 42: 251. doi:10.1023/A:1024843702805
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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