Stating that negative feelings such as disappointment, anxiety, anguish and anger are tried to be suppressed more than once, experts say that people prefer to act as if they never happened because some experiences and problems are painful. Emphasizing that suppressed feelings affect the interests and behaviors of the person, Psychiatrist Dr. Erman Şentürk draws attention to the fact that this state, which is protective when staying within certain limits, can affect the immune system when the limits are exceeded, and lay the groundwork for the formation of some cardiological, gastroenterological, dermatological, neurological and psychiatric conditions.
Üsküdar University NP Feneryolu Medical Center Psychiatrist Dr. Erman Şentürk shared information about which feelings are suppressed and the effects of suppressed feelings on human psychology.
Negative Feelings Are Suppressed
Psychiatrist Dr. Erman Şentürk continued his words by saying that because some experiences and troubles are painful, people prefer to act as if they never happened:
“Humans tend to suppress their strong and compelling feelings. Suppression; It is the pushing and keeping of unwanted feelings and thoughts that disturb the person in the unconscious.
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We tend to suppress negative feelings such as disappointment, anxiety, grief, and anger in our dealings with the people around us. On the basis of this, there are mostly intentions that if we express our feelings, we will be judged, excluded, upset, offended, and appear weak. Sometimes, we postpone and suppress our feelings because we do not want to experience that emotion and carry the burden it will bring. However, strong feelings pushed into the unconscious sometimes come to the level of consciousness through dreams and slips of the tongue.”
Suppressed Feelings Can Affect Relation
Stating that it is a nice example of suppression for an individual who has experienced significant psychological traumas in childhood to be unaware and indifferent to what happened as they get older, Psychiatrist Dr. Erman Şentürk said, “These suppressed feelings can directly or indirectly affect the relationships and behaviors that a person establishes today. Suppressing feelings helps to keep the setbacks caused by traumatic or challenging events under control and thus alleviate their effects. However, this defense mechanism can sometimes gain an unhealthy quality by removing from consciousness our feelings that we need to accept and face and deal with.”
Suppressing Strong Feelings Leads to Illness
Pointing out that the long-term suppression of emotions begins to tire the person not only spiritually but also physically, Dr. Erman Şentürk said, “As with other stressful factors, suppression of feelings affects the immune system, and lays the groundwork for the formation of some cardiological, gastroenterological, dermatological, neurological and psychiatric conditions. Fear disorders, somatization disorder, depression, burnout, sleep disorders and intermittent explosive disorder are psychiatric disorders that we frequently encounter in individuals who prefer suppression rather than sharing their feelings. In short, keeping our strong feelings behind us for a long time or avoiding talking about them invites many diseases.”
Becomes Preservative in Certain Endings
Underlining that speaking is as valuable as feeling emotions, Psychiatrist Dr. Erman Şentürk said, “Suppressing emotions and intentions has always been a natural part of life and is forgiving as long as it stays within reasonable ends. Through suppression, unwanted feelings are not remembered, removed from consciousness and forgotten. Keeping or suppressing our feelings and intentions consciously gives the impression that everything is fine in the first place, but over time it becomes quite challenging. Because suppression must always be used so that unwanted feelings do not arise. Although suppression seems like a successful defense mechanism, it causes a decrease in physical and mental endurance to the extent that it is successful.
Our Emotions Are Learning Tools
Stating that the most valuable aspect of understanding our emotions is that it offers the opportunity to understand our behavior, Dr. Erman Şentürk continued his words as follows:
“It is important to remember that our emotions are a learning tool and can signal us to notice certain things. Experiences certainly give rise to feelings after passing through a filter and interpreted. This explains why we behave differently in the face of similar events. Our feelings are formed as a result of our experiences, where we look at the world only from our own window, and are unique to the individual. Each situation evokes different and unique feelings in our inner world. Therefore, knowing our feelings properly and knowing the situation or opinion that brought them out causes us to understand how to act.
Emotion Regulation is a Skill
Stating that the skill of emotion regulation is a skill in which emotions are accepted as they are without suppression, and behaviors suitable for these emotions are developed, Psychiatrist Dr. Erman Şentürk said, “Emotion regulation is a skill that can be developed in the presence of mental health professionals. At this point, being able to face the ideas underlying the suppressed feelings, talking and thinking about negative experiences helps to better understand and stay behind.” (BSHA-Science and Health News Agency)