Now, you've got cancer pain. Why not have another kind of pain also? Why not have pain out here in your hand? You have cancer pain in your body. It is very, very troublesome; it is very, very threatening; it is going to kill you. You know that. You wouldn't mind any amount of pain out here in your hand, because that wouldn't kill you. It is the pain in your torso that is going to kill you, and if you only had pain out here you could stand any amount." You can teach your pain to displace the pain from the torso out into the hand where it is gladly experienced, because it has lost its threatening quality. (Erickson, 1986, pp. 80-81).
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