Any information coming from our senses must be weighted by our central nervous system.
This information is called “sensory cues”. The evaluation is complex and involves memory, reason, and emotion. The future consequences of a response also come into play.
This is how pain context comes into play. The same wrist injury will cause more pain in a pianist than in a dancer. Pain experiences always mix some tissue damage with varying emotional content.
Grief is mostly emotional but can have physical repercussions. A work-related injury can have very powerful emotional and physical components if it is not recognized by our employer or health insurance.
To deal better with pain, we have to identify the “ignition cues” that caused pain in the first place.