Today's question asks about hiding your emotions from someone in your life. In response I can think of a couple of occasions when I did that from my ex-boyfriend. In doing so the emotions weren't not unconscious however but I chose for different reasons to not express them. So in this case would the act of just not expressing certain emotions contribute to physical symptoms? I had awareness of the emotions but I still stuff them down so to speak. Although I agree with the ideas behind TMS as a diagnosis, I am questioning what Dr. Sarno says about simply unearthing your emotions in order to get rid of your physical pain. What if you do that but yet are filled with a lot of toxic a motions? For instance, I may be aware of a fear that I have but as long as I keep being fearful, won't my autonomic nervous system remain in a hypervigilant state? And won't that cause me to continue to have physical symptoms as my body is responding to what it perceives as a threat?