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Is Pain a Human Universal? A Cross-Linguistic and Cross-Cultural Perspective on Pain

Wierzbicka, Anna


Pain is a global problem whose social, economic, and psychological costs are immeasurable. It is now seen as the most common reason why people seek medical (including psychiatric) care. But what is pain? This article shows that the discourse of pain tends to suffer from the same problems of ethnocentrism and obscurity as the discourse of emotions in general. Noting that in the case of pain, the costs of miscommunication are particularly high, this article offers a new paradigm for communicating...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Emotion Review
DOI: 10.1177/1754073912439761


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