Friday, July 10, 2015

Knowing Pain



A distinction is made between offensive and defensive aggression. Offensive aggression is when a person seeks to inflict injury or pain upon a person who is or has not been attempting to inflict injury or pain upon them. Defensive aggression is when a person seeks to inflict injury or pain upon a person who is or has been attempting to inflict injury or pain upon them. Offensive and defensive aggression are at the heart of all activities associated with preparing a person to survive a violent encounter (‘Survival Activities’). Injury and pain are at the heart of offensive and defensive aggression, therefore, injury and pain are at the heart of all Survival Activities methods. What are the two subjects that are never explicitly studied in Survival Activities texts? Injury and pain.

This book is unique in Survival Activities literature in that it explicitly studies injury and pain. Chapter 14 informs the reader on pain while this chapter introduces the reader to a relatively new science that studies injury and the causes of injury. 

 That is the introduction to chapter nine in the draft of my book on the science behind fighting/self-defence techniques.

You can view some of my work on pain in the posts with the tag 'pain' on this blog.

Strongly recommend referring to: 
 
Downey G (2007) Producing Pain: Techniques and Technologies in No-Holds-Barred Fighting. Social Studies of Science 37(2):201–226.

The linked article provides further information on pain. Fascinating subject.

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