For those people who have not made pain a career, as Sternbach mentioned we all have to understand that we are all on the spectrum of progression and as said, although that message may have to be continuously reiterated we all need progression and proportionate support as and when necessary on our own individual journey.
It is not for me to judge those who may be at a different stage than me and need collective support or encouragement, periodically or even incessantly. In teaching and supporting other’s our role is not to discourage them and we should be mandated as a collective, to support our fellow suffers that we ourselves have been over time, we all arrive here with differing experience and skills and our gift is to share those without prejudice.
I evaluate my own role in questioning how I present and research the information I have and feel that responsibility to pass on knowledge and understanding in a format that is appropriate to the recipient, we all share this through pain and although I have had my pain for two decades even a day of this life is sufficient to equate that associated angst.
The emphasis and success of PM is to find those patients who are malleable and embracing of change and to that extent some are more suitable than others, it is not in the method that PM is successful but those chosen, being in a more manageable state is far more effective, I am not beyond permanent hand holding if that is appropriate, it could have been me and those who really understood pain who be only too glad to help any individual.
That living “in” the pain rather than “with it” may only be word and we are all progressing.
Take care and be kind to yourself.