The Skeleton in the Closet: Suppressed Feelings

“It is generally recognized that suppression of a feeling makes one afraid of that feeling. It becomes a skeleton in the closet one dares not look at. The longer it is hidden, the more frightening it becomes. One finds in therapy that when the closet door is opened, that is, when the feeling is evoked, it is never as frightening as one anticipated. One reason is that we are no longer helpless children. Most of us have developed the ego strength to deal with feelings that a child lacks. But that ego strength is not available to deal with suppressed feelings since these are unconscious. Suppressed feelings are like shadows in the night that are magnified by our imagination into nightmarish figures.”

– Alexander Lowen, MD, Founder of Bioenergetic Therapy, Author of The Language of the Body, Depression and the Body, The Way to Vibrant Health and Pleasure.

More information about the body centered approach called Bioenergetic Therapy can be found at Body Centered Therapy

Christine J. Harris, M.S., L.M.F.T., C.B.T.

Christine J. Harris, M.S., L.M.F.T., C.B.T.

Christine Harris is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Bioenergetic Therapist in Littleton, Colorado. Her specialty is embracing all of you: body, mind, and spirit in the therapy process. She has extensive post-graduate training in Bioenergetic Psychotherapy, a body-centered form of counseling. Contact her about your life’s adventures, misadventures, and desire for a more vibrant life. Email: [email protected] Phone: 720-727-2500.

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