Perhaps I missed it but I have not seen in any TMS/stress disorders book coverage of repressed emotions regarding bad habits and behaviors. We are each born with an inherent sense of right and wrong unless we have serious psychiatric conditions. As we grow we are socialized with more interoperations of right/wrong. If you want to get Freudian it could be called the Superego – I am not a Freud fan so I prefer to call it the True self that is the gateway to spirit. In ancient wisdom it is also called the “one who knows.” When we do something we know is wrong...eat bad food, smoke, cheat, lie, the One Who Knows watches and sends out a microburst of emotion that we are off base. We can take the emotional FYI and use it to alter course or we can suppress it. God, I know a quart of chocolate is bad for me...but I am just going to silence that inner voice and do it anyway. So no need to do psycho-archeology and dig for old repressed emotions, we have one right now today that is causing a neuronal storm. Lets say the food awareness suppression is a number one. Yelling at your children a number three. Having sex with your brothers wife is a number six and killing a child a number 10. Each has more electrochemical energy that has to be altered to keep it out of awareness. The psychiatric and psychological communities have become so aware of this moral repression causing damage they are going to include “Moral Injury” in a future DSM. OK, so the moral blip of awareness comes up and we chose to tell it: Not now...not tomorrow or not ever!! If we do this often enough the brain, being an organ of energy conservation says: next time the True Self sees a violation we know the human will just shove it under the rug so lets just do it for him/her....automatically. The Bible even commented on this: “Through Rebellion Their Hearts Hardened.” So when we tell the small inner voice to shut up it will and we will have lost our internal compass and possibly the pathway to our spirit. In ancient wisdom traditions spirit is the word for “ Breath of God” or the energy that animates and heals us. Shut that door and we are on our own...not good as Adam and Eve can attest. Our nervous systems are designed to handle brief stress even in huge amounts, we are not designed for the drip-drip-drip of psychological stress from repressing our True Self. This death by a thousand paper cuts is modern life. Separation from True Self is the most severe childhood wound. Children who grow up in adverse conditions learn to shut off this inner voice, they have to since they don’t have the cortex yet to know how to process strong emotions. They learn the only wayy to survive is to alter reality by living in their minds...bodies don’t lie, minds can be made to. So are stress disorders from old emotions buried in the body...well maybe, maybe not! Remember the old story of the man who lost his keys and was out at the curb looking for them under the street light. His neighbors all came to help when one little boys asked. “ Where were you when you lost them” to which he replied I was in the back yard but the light is better out here. When we have denial, personal deceptions and emotional suppression occurring every day why look under the street light for the answers. Dr. Sarno says think psychological for our pains and illnesses – yes but understand many of us have lost the awareness of our inner compass FOR TODAY and no amount of mucking through the graveyard of emotions will solve it. As Byron Katie would say the work is to become mindful, conscious and honor the small inner voice (the child) so that it will learn it can be heard and we can be trusted to listen and obey. As we honor it, it is my experience it gets louder and provides more guidance. So it could just be that TMS/stress conditions are caused by loosing touch with our True Self, our spirit and becoming willful and deaf.