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Devices that simulate different kinds of pain to foster bonding and elevate empathy

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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi Mar 09, 2022
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Develop devices that can simulate certain kinds of pain for people who would ordinarily not experience them.
These devices can do the following:
  • Make people more empathetic and understanding of other people's plights
  • Foster bonding between friends and family members when they better understand each other's pains
  • Help people, especially children, witness the result of certain actions so they can steer clear of it
How will it work?
Researchers can identify how best way to introduce a type of pain to a part of the body and create a device that can deliver pain to targeted areas of the body. It can be through electronic stimulation, in the case of the period stimulator, squeezing, pricking, etc.
Some of the pains we can develop these devices to emulate include sickle cell crisis, arthritis, amputation, insomnia, and so on.
Thought Process
About a year ago, there was a trend on TikTok where men wore period simulation devices. With these devices, they could experience an inkling of what period cramps and even labor pains feel like. Needless to say, it was not a comfortable sight. The men found the pain debilitating and could not keep up. Here is an online article about it.
Given that experience, I feel confident in projecting that these men would have a better appreciation for the women in their lives when they undergo period pain or give birth.
I came across the TikTok video recently. It started a trail of thoughts in my head. To the best of my knowledge, no matter how imaginative we are, humans cannot really understand a pain they have not experienced. Even worse are unimaginative people who cannot empathize with others because they lack the ability to place themselves in other people's shoes and feel other people's pains.
For example, I know a sickle cell warrior who, because she came to the hospital several times in one week, was told she is lazy by someone who had never experienced a sickle cell crisis in her life.
Do you think such a device will help elevate people's empathy levels? What other kinds of pain would you create such a device for?
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Foster bonding and elevate empathy through sharing positive experiences

jnikola Mar 14, 2022
I generally like the idea. It is true that people become really empathic when they see someone in pain and this results in bonding. We need this to stop people from doing bad things, that's for sure.
What I don't like is that empathy is almost all the time related to negative feelings, and almost never to positive. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Therefore, I am not sure using pain is the right way to teach people to be emphatic. In accordance with Spook Louw, I would rather support bonding and elevating empathy through happy moments, rather than the sad and painful ones, just as mentioned here.
Yet, I must agree that for now, elevating empathy through pain could have better results.
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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi2 years ago
I just read his contribution. However, I would think it goes against the grain of a "free society," which is what we are all about. I do agree we need more positivity. However, I disagree with the use of propaganda. It gives an Orwellian kind of vibe, even if it is not negative.
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Adi B2 years ago
Without solutioneering, feel like this could need the assistance of VR/3D/AR/lucid dreaming technology to really hit home but I feel it's a good idea for sure.
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