Why some people seem to be able to tolerate much more pain than others? Are we born with that capability or does it change throughout life?
The definition says that pain tolerance represents the highest level of pain that someone is able to tolerate. Pain tolerance level varies from person to person and there are many factors that should be taken into consideration.
When talking about pain tolerance, it is important to mention that there are two sides of it. The first is real, biological factor. It means that there are some situations, like headache or discomfort that automatically activate pain receptors.
Other side is our brain’s perception of pain. And that can vary a lot. It’s all about how focused you are on the pain: is your mind completely focused on the pain, or are you trying to distract it? There are some tactics that you can learn in order to trick your mind to perceive less pain. The goal is to focus your attention on something else. It’s all about learning how to deal with pain.
You have probably heard people say that the more pain you are exposed to, the higher your pain tolerance will be over time. Good example for this is showering with ice cold water. First couple of times your skin hurts, but after a while, if it becomes a regular routine, most people somehow get used to it and it’s not that painful anymore.
There are some proofs for it (especially from personal experience), but on the other hand there are also some proofs for the theory that the more pain you experience, you become more vulnerable to future pain. Scientist are still arguing and there is no definite answer to this question.
Anyway, why don’t you try to increase your pain tolerance? We aren’t recommending exposure to painful experiences, we would just like to encourage you to train your mind.