"Erickson pointed out that when a child is hurt, it is in his entirety. Narrowing down the area to where the pain is actually felt and recognizing that all the rest of the body is free from pain enables easier management. Now a desensitization process can whittle away at it further. It is more readily accomplished a bit at a time, dimming sharpness, turning 'dull misery' into a 'wonderful weariness,' even a 'lovely lassitude' as that feeling is slowly attenuated. The 'red hot poker' effect can be cooled through 'real hot' to 'still too warm,' which is like moving away from the hot fireplace until it becomes 'comfortably warm' or 'pleasantly cool' or even 'numbingly cold'."
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