What to do?
One of the most fundamental adjustments each individual makes in childhood, perhaps typically before the age of 7, is: what shall be my primary fallback response to pain?
Among the possible methods chosen:
1. escapism: think about something else
2. anger: find something else to lash out at
3. denial: say the experience is pleasant or neutral
4. activist: try to find a way to end the pain
This last option is as difficult as it is rare (that’s an allusion).