As a child, I kept my emotions to myself, primarily because no one was listening and also because my childhood wasn’t a particularly happy one. Now I’ve learned to deal with those repressed emotions, 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 those 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 can make us feel upset and irritated and less able to deal with the immediate issues.
Repression involves denial and projecting our feelings and attention away from our conscious thoughts into our subconscious, blocking out any hurtful thoughts. By storing those thoughts and feelings, we get to live our life in the short term.
Using repression is only temporary. Issues which go undealt with, will always need to be addressed. But not addressing issues can make us physically and emotionally ill. Although not talking about our issues can be painful, it’s even more painful and scary having to deal with illness the other end.
I know the option I would take and do. There is no quick fix to emotional healing, but I reckon 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 our issues head on.