What People Are Saying About ‘Pain Is Really Strange’

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Only a few weeks to go before publication on 21 June and officially getting excited. Here are some comments from people who have seen the pdf version:

‘The wisdom and knowledge in this seemingly simple book sneaks up on the reader. Initially one would not think that such a depth of insight could be infused in a picture book. However, it can be likened to a printed version of a TED Talk. It engages the reader more and more with each page until in the end the reader realizes they want to read it again because it contains so much useful information in such an easily accessible manner.’

David Berceli, Ph.D. Creator of Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE). Author of The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process


‘Steve and Sophie have done an extraordinary thing: they have managed to make pain beautiful and interesting. If you want to really understand your relationship with pain and be thoroughly entertained at the same time then this is the book for you.’

Fred Deakin, Professor of Interactive Digital Arts at University of the Arts London, half of the band Lemon Jelly, and founder and director of Airside design agency


‘This seemingly innocuous picture book on pain is so much more. Steve Haines has compiled a brilliant little volume of insights. Its colorful images evoke in us the playful and open response we need to unlearn long-held beliefs, while the rich scientific information dissembles, piece by piece, the way we’ve come to think about pain as a culture. Haines takes the next step, too; he doesn’t leave us wondering what to do next, but offers practical tools we can use to rewire the mind-body circuits that experience and respond to pain. This tiny book packs a powerful punch.’

Bo Forbes, Psy.D., Psychologist, Yoga Teacher, and Author of Yoga for Emotional Balance


‘Pain Is Really Strange is a revelation. I have been actively managing multiple health conditions for over 20 years. In his book, Steve unpacks information about our brains, nerves, and body memories, sketching out a framework, which has presented me with a new, insightful perspective on my pain/health/medical issues. He differentiates different types of pain and eloquently articulates bits of information I have encountered over the years but not been able to join up. I shall re-read it often as a touchstone. Brilliant!’

Craig Givens, Someone who manages more pain than he likes.

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