Q&A: Can you be a repressor if you consciously feel sad or angry?
Answer by Barbara Kline, LCSW
This is a very good question and illustrates how complicated the process can be. Since Dr. Mann only talks about hypertension, I'm afraid I can't answer about that specificallyas I have not encountered any clients whose blood pressure normalized after successful treatment for TMS symptoms. However, to answer the question, "can a person feel sad or angry and still be repressing?" my answer would have to be yes. I have worked with clients who were depressed and were also experiencing physical symptoms such as back, neck, leg pain. Since we all use repression as a defense mechanism, I believe it depends on how much we are repressing. Dr. Sarno has noted that the anger we consciously feel is not the same as the unconscious rage we are repressing.So, it would appear that he would not be in agreement with Dr. Mann on this. You mentioned that you had not read Dr. Sarno's other books but I think you might find them helpful as Dr. Sarno does address this. Again, this is all complicated and as more research is being done, we will be learning more about the process. It wouldbe interestingto hear what the TMS doctors have to say about this and if they have seen patients with hypertension lower their blood pressure after successful TMS treatment.
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