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I wonder if a more careful differentiation between "pain" and "suffering" might be needed, and how one would gaue, other than through objective manifestation, whether someone who has a low tolerance for pain also has a low tolerance for suffering?


By all means, people may have different tolerances (relative, say, to the population as a whole) for physical pain as they do for emotional pain. Whether tolerances of these two different sorts of pain are generally correlated is open to experiment on subjects who have no reason to lie. And I believe that some such research is already available.

I tend to believe that any serious student of pain must at least address the differences -- and similarities -- between pain and suffering (not suggesting you would disagree, Adam). They overlap but are not equivalent.

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