Why do we cry out or groan when in pain?

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Why do we cry out or groan when in pain?
« on: 08/07/2009 19:14:33 »
I can maybe believe crying out when you hurt yourself could be a throwback to warning others not to do what you've just done because it hurts, but how about groaning in pain? Surely, if an injured or sick animal groans it would attract the attention of predators. Keeping silent would be a much more sound tactic.

So, peeps of hurtified behaviourism thingies, why do we do it?
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Why do we cry out or groan when in pain?
« Reply #1 on: 08/07/2009 20:22:22 »
I think that is instinctual as well, as when we learn to communicate in infancy those groans and cries brought our mums and caregivers to tend to our wounds and try to comfort us.. I think even as adults that need for comfort is just as strong as it was then. There may be no relief of the pain but the ability to share it with one who loves you and cares and sympathizes, brings us a sense of comfort mentally as well as I think physically..
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« Reply #2 on: 11/07/2009 05:29:47 »
I think young Karen may have a point. Thank you, my dear.
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Why do we cry out or groan when in pain?
« Reply #3 on: 11/07/2009 06:42:37 »
I'd agree with Karen.. almost everyone (young or old) wants their mum (or to be 'mummied') in times of pain or illness.

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Why do we cry out or groan when in pain?
« Reply #4 on: 11/07/2009 08:45:56 »
I think its natural.

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