“Physiologically, emotions are themselves electrical, chemical and hormonal discharges of the human nervous system…Repression—dissociating emotions from awareness and relegating then to the unconscious realm—disorganizes and confuses our physiological defences so that in some people these defences go awry, becoming the destroyers of health rather than its protectors.” Dr Gabor Mate from his book When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress.
This excerpt is from one of the beginning sections where he introduces Psychoneuroimmunology (the science of the interactions of mind and body). We have to “feel to heal” and to function well. It isn’t “touchy feely stuff” to get in touch with what’s going on with us emotionally; it’s necessary for overall health and wellbeing.
I love this excerpt and the examples of the mind body connection in this book.
If you’re interested in learning more about the costs of hidden stress and the mind-body connection, this book is really amazing and very accessible.