Tension Headaches: Relation Between MMPI Paranoïa Score and Pain and Between MMPI Hypochondriasis Score and Frontalis EMG




The relation between MMPI, frontal EMG and pain is examined in 25 subjects with tension headaches. Our results point to an association between high levels of weekly pain and high paranoïa scores (p < .01) but fail to confirm previous reports on the correlation of pain with hypochondriasis, depression and hysteria. This finding is discussed in terms of a reciprocal pain/personality relation. The results also show that the only correlation to be found for frontal EMG is that with hypochondriasis MMPI scores (p < .01).