Removing Porcupine Quills

By Greg Baer M.D.

July 3, 2015

I am told by an expert that removing porcupine quills from a dog takes two people. One person pulls the quills, while the other covers the dog's eyes so that it will not associate the pain with the people. This is important because if the dog associates people with pain, it can feel betrayed, which adds to the pain and causes a loss of trust.

Notice that this technique does not involve reducing the dog’s pain. It’s about enduring the pain without being distracted by feeling victimized by the person pulling the quills.

This is not unlike the practice of wise men helping people to tell the truth about themselves. This process can be painful, like removing porcupine quills. If the wise man is fearful or angry, the other person will likely associate the truth telling with the selfishness and attacking of the wise man’s fear or anger, and thus the wise man creates an additional source of pain.

In the process of growth, pain is inevitable, but if we help people grow without our own fear, we can avoid making the pain much worse.

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About the author 

Greg Baer, M.D.

I am the founder of The Real Love® Company, Inc, a non-profit organization. Following the sale of my successful ophthalmology practice I have dedicated the past 25 years to teaching people a remarkable process that replaces all of life's "crazy" with peace, confidence and meaning in various aspects of their personal lives, including parenting, marriages, the workplace and more.

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