How Our Bodies Store Repressed Emotions

How our body stores repressed emotions

Do we really know what goes on in our minds? Do we know ourselves? Can we control what’s going on inside us so that it doesn’t negatively affect those around us? Do we really know what we’re feeling and how we’re feeling at every moment? Learning to understand our suppressed emotions can be our most powerful weapon in the struggle to understand our own behavior.

Since the late 20th century, the study of neuroscience has focused on the relationship between the brain and our emotions. How we feel has finally taken on the importance it always deserved. Emotions are no longer simple automatic reactions. They are starting to have scientific relevance.

A new idea also emerged: that it is necessary to teach people to identify, understand and manage their emotions in order to prevent repressed emotions from driving their behavior.

That’s why we find it so important today to understand our repressed emotions. In this way we can get to know ourselves and identify what is going on inside us. It also allows us to control our emotions and act in favor of how we feel.

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Understanding our suppressed emotions helps us understand our identity

Knowing what’s going on inside you means knowing yourself. Suppressed emotions are emotions that we don’t want to listen to or try to ignore. However, it is also the emotions that ultimately guide our behavior and thoughts.

Understanding our emotions allows us to figure out why we act a certain way. Everyone filters situations based on their feelings, which is why everyone acts differently.

Our experiences make us see the world in a special and unique way. Each situation arouses different emotions in us. Knowing ourselves therefore allows us to understand how we act.

When we suppress emotions like anger, allow ourselves to be carried away by fear, not allow ourselves to be sad, or feel we have no control over our pain, we give unmanaged emotions the space to function independently. This is when emotions speak for themselves through our actions.

Stanford University has conducted a study of emotions. This research shows that people who tend to suppress their feelings respond to trigger situations with much more physiological activation than people who don’t shy away from expressing their fear or anger.

It is therefore also quite normal that people who are not used to expressing their feelings, or at least have much more difficulty with this, are more likely to suffer from somatic problems such as muscle tension, headaches, skin reactions or complicated diseases. Their emotions themselves find less functional ways to be channeled.

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The memory of both body and mind

Sometimes we are faced with certain situations and react to them in ways that surprise even ourselves. This is due to the memory our body and mind have of our experiences, which we integrate consciously or unconsciously.

Suppressed emotions are emotions that we have not processed. So we let them creep into our memory without even realizing it.

Our job is to know what is going on inside us and what we are feeling in every moment. If we don’t know how to identify our emotions, we won’t be able to manage them.

Becoming aware of our emotions and giving them a voice when they want to make themselves known is therefore the first step. If we don’t do this, we are left with suppressed emotions that at some point act autonomously.

If we know what we are feeling, we can shape our emotions and try to process them. When we listen to ourselves, we can understand and manage our behavior to act in an integrated and understandable way. Only when we give our repressed emotions a voice can we begin to understand our true identity. 

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