Wednesday November 09, 2016
How painful rituals bring people together
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- The original pain: Childbirth with or without drugs?
- Pain on par with love, hope and being alive
- "It was a focused pain": Why one woman used to harm herself
- What happens when a staunch anti-drugger falls, breaks her back and ends up in chronic pain
- Pain for pleasure: the ecstatic, mind-altering spice of hot peppers
- How painful rituals bring people together
- How one listener found meaning in her arthritis pain
- Full Episode
Dimitri Xygalatas has spent more than ten years trying to figure out why people voluntarily participate in painful rituals.
He tells us about the time he unexpectedly tried fire walking in Mauritius, and what it taught him about why these kinds of rituals persist.
"Performing these painful, intense or stressful rituals increases social bonds between participants. This is why you see several organizations like military groups or university fraternities using pain in order to increase bonding between individuals."