I was wondering: if I generally experience pain when I'm knowingly stressed or anxious how does repression have a role? I KNOW I'm nervous, mad, anxious, rushed... I don't feel repressed in the slightest, rather activated & painful (flared up). Today's article reveals this statement: "Dr. Sarno makes an important point in his books--the feelings that trigger TMS symptoms are not conscious, perceived feelings of anger or fear. The troublemakers are the negative feelings that are simmering below the surface, which is why they're so hard to pinpoint. " Are feelings of stress stand-ins for other emotions?