I may shrug when a woman’s pronged heel trod on my bare foot while the next adult will roar aghast at an injection. We are all susceptible to physical pain. A neural activity is spurred upon a pressure or cut. But we feel different pain intensity; thus a terrible pain may be a tickling scratch to the other.
Our genes are a determinant of pain tolerance. Red heads are more sensitive to pain possibly due to a mutation in their genes. You encounter pain the way you experience it because that is how you are coded.
Men have higher tolerance than women. Certain researchers claim this to masculine and feminine stereotyping. People with smoking vice and obesity are susceptible to feel more pain while the fit ones can withstand more pain. And as we age, we increase tolerance on cutaneous pain, meaning the pain on our superficial skin. However, older people have decreased tolerance on the deep pain.
How the pain is interpreted has a bigger role in tolerance. It is more psychological than physiological. “Mind over matter”, we heard people say.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Wisconsin revealed the mind power to increase our pain tolerance. In their study, they asked participants to plunge their hand to ice cold water and keep it submerged until the pain is unbearable. Those who are asked to reminisce their sexual fantasies lasted the pain twice as long as those who thought a neutral fantasy like walking.
To combat the negative emotion of pain, think of something that elicits a positive emotion. This will increase your pain tolerance.
What thought will give you a positive emotion?
Everyday life imposes the “what is beautiful is good” stereotype. The appealing character in TV is the good guy, while the unpleasing face is the villain. The gorgeous lady was offered the first-in-line position while the rest will have to endure the wait. The nice looking guy earns respect without any act.
Businesses desire beautiful people to be the face of products and services. Sales people, flight attendants, news anchors are attractive because they interact with the public. Stunning is a common feature of models in advertisements.
Physically attractive people are perceived as “more sociable, happier and more successful than unattractive people”. And the reason why they are more successful is because they are attractive! Attractive applicants are rated as more qualified. And once hired, they are more likely to get promotion and increase in salary.
In court, attractive defendants have better odds. They don’t look like guilty. And if they are, these people get more lenient sentences, lower bails and reduced fines.
Attractive people have perks even in the simplest situations. They are desired, looked up and have a better treatment in numerous everyday circumstances. People associate the “good” characteristics with beauty without experiential evidence with the person.
The painful aspect of beauty is that they are sometimes thought to be unintelligent lucky breed. But then, jealousy is a manageable other side of the stereotype.
Is this a wretched world to live for the attractive ones? Thankfully not. Undoubtedly, there is more challenge to them; but they are more persevering people who deserve every bit of successful footing. Earning their better life based on hardwork is a felicity undeserving lucky people can’t reap.
Do you have the “what is beautiful is good” stereotype?