As a child, I kept my emotions to myself, primarily because no one was listening and because my childhood wasn’t a particularly happy one. Now I’ve learned to deal with repressed emotions, left behind from childhood, I feel so much better.
When people talk about a ‘repression of emotions,’ they’re talking about holding back on their emotions. It’s normally used as a means of survival, so they don’t have to deal with their emotions but that cannot work long term.
Repression is used to help us manage our issues so that we can obtain a degree of emotional stability, particularly if we’re trying to work through painful situations, or our life becomes threatening in some way. Repression helps us block out unwanted thoughts, feelings and memories that if we were to think about, could make us feel upset and irritated.
By storing those thoughts and feelings in our subconscious, we get to live our life in the short term. Repression involves denial and projecting our feelings and attention away from our conscious thoughts into our subconscious, blocking out any hurtful thoughts.
Using repression is only temporary. Undealt issues will always need to be dealt with and so we get to live our lives. Not addressing issues can make us physically and emotionally ill. Not talking about our issues can be painful, but it’s even more painful and scary having to deal with illness the other end.
I know the option I would take. But there is no quick fix to emotional healing, but I reckon us wanting to have a go is a good place to start. We need to tap into our subconscious and the emotions we constantly put on the back burner, just so that we can tackle those issues head on.