The reasons are plenty. We may not want to offend someone else, we may be afraid of what others think of our truth, or we may not want to seem "weak" in any aspect. We ultimately desire to cover up who we really are in order to meet the qualified perceptions of others. This is better known as suppressing one's emotions. Many view it as a healthier and safer way of dealing with many of life's conflicts and problems, but could this be healthy for us at all? When we choose to suppress our emotions, what does it really mean, and how does it hold us back?
What does this emotional eruption look like? It looks like that moment you take your anger out on someone you love, or when you miss out on an opportunity that you've contemplated so long on, or sudden depression, or even regret when you think about past events. As we can begin to conclude, the suppression of emotions ultimately does not yield a pleasing picture.
Because we have been taught that we must always be perfect in appearance, pleasing to others, and in sync with societal standards, we have seen fit for our emotions to be ridded from our view. But what is a person without emotions? We tend to view "emotional" people as insane, but is it sane to proceed through life with a façade, with a fake smile, without reaching towards greater potential, or to wake up daily and tell lies to that person in the mirror? We literally hide them from our truest feelings, and therefore hide from our true selves. This is why we rely so heavily on advice from others, television shows, movies, magazines, quotes and popular belief systems. Advice is wonderful, but because we are all unique, general advice can only scratch the surface of one's issues. This is why we must go within and deal with our emotions which is totally up to us. How must we deal with them?
The first step into leaving the realm of emotional suppression is to acknowledge your truest emotions concerning any part of your life. Are you afraid of something? Are you angry with someone? Are you displeased in any way? Are you happy? Are you in need of something? Is there something you want but do not have? We must acknowledge that which we question, and answer such questions for ourselves truthfully. The next step is to find an action towards dealing with the subjects in question. For example, if you have acknowledged that you are displeased with something, then you must find a solution that will allow you to fix the problem and stick with that solution until you've taken full control over your issue. Making an effort to deal with hidden emotions will bring so much relief and clarity even in the stage of acknowledgement. The suppression of emotions is limiting, hindering, and brings about stress which can introduce health ailments.