Hi, I was reading Dr Sarno's The divided mind and he constantly repetes that in order to stop the pain, we must merely acknowledge the unconscious threatening emotions and not actually feel them to recover. He says that is is very uncommon for people to actually have these emotions burst out in consciousness. Then a few chapters later there is an article from a coleuge of his Dr. Robert Evans. Who talks about how the person must feel these emotions consciously in order to integrate themselves with their mind and body. He says "Though the goal is clear, the therapist must be careful in the early days of treatment to have respect for the physical symptoms, to find a balance between gentle confrontation of the defenses that protect us from feeling the uncomfortable, painful emotions, on the one hand, and creating and maintaining an environment in which we can feel safe and secure enough to begin to experience those feelings." He repeats this in a couple different variations. So my question is, which actually is it? Is it enough to acknowledge these painful unconscious feelings or do we have to figure them out to the point where they actually become conscious and we feel them?