Emotions that are repressed, ignored, or denied, that never find expression, or were never fully acknowledged, are the ones that go deepest and need your greatest attention. Repression may arise because you have been taught to put other people’s feelings first and feel you must make them happy, you feel unworthy of love, you feel you must appear perfect, or you have learned how to do this from your parents, perhaps watching your mother withdraw or repress her own emotions at times of conflict. Can you find patterns of repression in your family? Are there unresolved family problems or hidden secrets?
— Your Body Speaks Your Mind, Deb Shapiro
Image: Nina Leen, 1945