Adaptive behaviour: a way of interacting with life that sees you more successful in achieving your desired outcome
Maladaptive: the opposite of adaptive behaviour
The youngest in a family of 5 may have learned that the best way to get what they want is to have a low threshold to cry and get mom and dad’s attention, rather than being assertive with their older siblings. Mom and dad may swoop in and defend the young child and punish the older siblings. This child may learn that temper tantrums and negative emotions, or other “slippery” ways of getting what they want are effective. If these negative emotions were to run amuck and result in depression or anxiety, when would this child notice that this approach to getting what they want may be holding them back?
Again, this is a tricky area to assess, but we present it here because these factors do influence headache and your awareness of these factors may improve your headaches.
3. Believing that you have no control over the pain (whether you do have control over the pain or not)