Pain is your body telling your brain: ‘If you keep this shit up, we’re about to die’. But is it possible to override it and use your mind to tell your body: ‘Yo. Shut the fuck up and chill the fuck out.’? And tell your brain ‘Don’t listen to that stupid asshole. We’ll be fine. No one’s about to die.’?

Admiral James Stockdale spent over 7 years in a Vietnamese Prisoner of War camp, where he was tortured by having his legs crushed, his back broken and his shoulders torn from their sockets. And the thing that kept him going, by maintaining control over his own mind, was the philosophy …