We concluded that Beecher’s speculation that “strong emotions can block pain” was the result of the release of morphinelike substances manufactured in the brain. This suggested that for many traumatized people, reexposure to stress might provide a similar relief from anxiety.

Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps Score (via selfcareafterrape)

I have a real job wherein I’m exposed to stress every day. Hasn’t lessened my anxiety so far as I can tell. Unless… Oh fuck! What would I be like without all that stress?