Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity | NPR
"There's coordination between the front part of the brain, which is the executive control region of the brain, and the sensory part of the brain, which is filtering information from the environment," she says.
That suggests that at least some people can teach their brains how to filter out things like chronic pain, perhaps through meditation, Jones says.
It's helpful for anyone -- including children -- to learn that attention is like a spotlight. If we focus our spotlight on our pain, we may feel worse. But if we focus our spotlight on other things, the pain may lessen. And that includes all types of pain.