Memories of Pain Help Avoid Future Pain
No one likes pain. Perhaps some people enjoy pain, but the enjoyment of pain is generally considered unusual. For this reason, feeling no pain would seem incredible, almost superhuman. But for people with CIP (congenital insensitivity to pain) the absence of pain is a weakness. Pain is a necessary survival function alerting us to injury and warning us to avoid certain objects and activities. In fact, one of the reasons CIP is so rare is few individuals with the disorder reach adulthood. Because CIP patients are untouched by the memories created by pain, repeat injuries or single, significant injuries can go fatally unnoticed. But for those without CIP, the memory of various causes and types of pain can last a lifetime. These memories are crucial in avoiding major injuries now and into the future.