Sometimes we keep avoiding experiencing a painful emotion time & again. We are fearful & don’t feel able to deal with it. So we keep suppressing it!
A suppressed emotion tends to quickly resurface. But if we constantly reject this processing, it becomes more deeply buried or ‘repressed’! Repeatedly suppressing an emotion causes it to be buried very deeply or even ‘lost’ within our subconscious mind.
CONSEQUENCES OF REPRESSION
Emotions buried very deeply within our subconscious are termed ‘repressed’. Such unprocessed emotions can cause considerable internal damage. This includes physical damage to health and damage to our relationships. Our emotional and general well-being suffers!
A COMPUTER ANALOGY
Repressing an emotion causes it to ‘fester’ and become toxic. In the computer analogy, a repressed emotion is like a file that has become corrupted and behaves like a computer virus. Just like a computer virus, repressed emotions can be hard to locate, process and eliminate.
REPRESSION CAUSES DISTRESS
Because these corrupted emotions are so deeply repressed, we can’t see their connection to our distress in life! So, we unfairly blame something else for our discomfort or suffering. We may attempt to numb this confusion and distress with unhealthy behaviours and coping mechanisms!