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Is hiding your emotions unhealthy ?

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Last Updated: 05/31/2021 at 12:33pm
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March 13th, 2015 1:38am
Hiding your feelings will only make a person feel worse and it does not benefit anyone. Bottling up emotions means that it will build up and eventually explode in an extremely unhealthy and detrimental manner. It isn't strange or shameful if one experiences certain emotions and there is no problem in wanting to express those. Emotions are part of you, part of each human being. Talking about one's feelings can bring much relief and ease the burden a little :)
December 13th, 2014 8:43am
Yes, very. If you or someone you know is hiding your/their emotions, you should talk to someone, but if you don't want to, writing down your emotions is very good, as it gets them out without telling anyone. Good luck :)
May 24th, 2015 2:43am
Yes it is. Bundling up emotions inside causes stress and stress leads to anxiety and many other physical ailments. However, it's also bad to always "blow up" with every emotional response. It's best to let it out slowly and with some thought behind it.
August 17th, 2015 7:20am
Yes it's very unhealthy. The longer you hide them the more they build up inside of you. If you don't share your emotions and just keep them hidden, the burden with constantly weigh you down like a brick.
December 10th, 2014 7:59pm
I honestly think that it depends. It s not good to hide them forever, but it is important to supress emotions sometimes, in order to be productive
December 14th, 2014 4:12pm
Letting your emotions out can help you find some sort of relief. Emotions are they to remind you it's okay to be human and let you know that you're able to feel different types of things. Hiding them can only make things worse (speaking from experience). Once you let it all out, you'll be able to open up more to others. Everyone has emotions and it isn't strange or weird to let those emotions out. :)
December 19th, 2014 5:44am
It depends on how much of your emotions you are hiding, and how you are seeking to cope with these emotions in private. There are many situations where it is normal, and infact, healthy to hide our emotions. But, these situations are short-term, temporary, and specific. When you find yourself hiding your feelings from a lot of people all the time, or from yourself, things are likely not very healthy. It can help to journal or draw and start to express your emotions and speak up for yourself. Sometimes we hide emotions out of shame, or fear of what the emotions will do or how people will view us. It can help to start talking to others about how you feel, and if you feel things are interfering with your daily life or making life unbearable or really hurting your relationships, you may eventually find counseling to be a useful support.
March 26th, 2018 3:46am
Hiding your emotions can be unhealthy because you are holding in the negative event and emotions you're feeling and can result to people who want to help you not knowing when you are ready to seek it or not knowing you are struggling at all.
December 29th, 2014 8:19pm
Hiding your emotions is extremely unhealthy, because when nobody knows what you're feeling, nobody can help you get through hard times. Letting the emotions out through talking, or any other coping strategy, can release pressure on you and make you feel like you have support.
July 6th, 2015 6:58am
Yes, no matter what the emotion is. For positive emotion such as happiness, if one chooses to hide it, it may tend to become negative emotions. However for negative emotion such as anger or sadness, if one chooses to hide it, it may lead to more serious problems such as anxiety or depression even having suicide thoughts. It would be better to share out the emotions to stay happy or seek helps.
March 20th, 2015 10:11pm
Depends, I'd say. Sometimes the sad truth is people aren't out to help you; expressing yourself to them may hurt you more in the long run. But if it hurts to keep it in- you should prepare to open up once you meet someone who deserves your feelings.
December 9th, 2014 9:35pm
Yes indeed. Emotions trigger other emotions. After identying them, you have to let go of them in order to get past it.
December 9th, 2014 9:35pm
Hiding your emotions can be very unhealthy if you don't let them out later. I believe it's okay to hide them until you get to a safe place to let them out.
January 4th, 2015 8:23pm
I think it can be - it was for me personally. Sharing emotions is a way of connecting with other people. It's part of living honestly and authentically. When I bottle up my emotions, they usually would find a way to explode outwards, out of control, or implode inwards with unhealthy thoughts and feelings. It can be scary, but opening up a bit with my emotions has helped me in saying to the world, this is who I am. And that feels good.
March 8th, 2015 8:42pm
I would believe that hiding your emotions is unhealthy for it can only lead to more problems. It is like you have this empty bottle and nothing is in it at first and than you keep holding things in and you get to a point where the bottle fills up and you now have two choices. You either need to let somebody know what you are feeling or you are going to blow up at somebody.
January 19th, 2016 6:30pm
Yes. Beacuse If You don't come out with your emotions you could get really stressed, angry, sad and so on. One day you would burst out and hurt maybe persons you love.
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May 23rd, 2016 2:10am
To deal with emotions is to have a release it at some point. If you don't like people to see you emotional its fine to not show them, but you have to find your private time and space to deal with the emotions so that it does not build up and become destructive to u.
December 22nd, 2014 8:50am
Hiding emotions is definitely unhealthy. They build up overtime and when it finally comes out it ends up causing more harm to you and others than if you had just let it out when it came up
November 15th, 2015 3:54pm
Hiding emotions can be unhealthy. If you're dealing with negative thoughts/feelings keeping them bottled up inside will cause more and more negative things to build up. Venting to someone about how you're feeling will really help release those negative things. Anything that lets you express whatever you're feeling can help. You don't want your mind to become a big ball of swirling emotions that you have no idea how to get rid of. Let them out when you can.
December 12th, 2014 11:21pm
Yes, i know that every time that I try to hide my emotions I end up taking them out on other people. Telling someone how you feel on something like 7 Cups of Tea can make you feel so much better, and the people around you will notice you feel in better.
May 10th, 2015 9:22am
It can be. Depending on the emotions you're hiding, it can lead to more serious cases such as depression. If you're meaning emotions such as liking someone and not telling them, then things like that won't cause you any harm. If you're concerned for your health, the best people to speak to are professionals. While we can give our opinions based on our experiences, your experiences may be totally different from ours. As always, I suggest seeing a competent GP. If you ever feel like your GP isn't competent, never be afraid to ask for someone else. I've had a few where "the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing", if you get the expression.
May 18th, 2015 11:22am
Remember that an emotion is an energy in motion. The more you keep it to yourself, all the negative energy starts eating you up. It's unhealthy. Energy can't disappear, so you have to let it all out so you can receive positive energy :-)
June 10th, 2015 4:59am
Everyone deals with their emotions in a different way. Hiding emotions is not always an unhealthy behavior. For example, it could be in your best interest to hide feelings of nervousness at a job interview. However, in some cases, it is healthy to express your feelings, such as when someone hurts your feelings. Discussing these feelings may have a positive impact of resolving the situation when handled correctly. In short, sometimes hiding emotion is okay, but doing it all of the time could have negative effects on your emotional well-being.
July 27th, 2015 4:04pm
Hiding your emotions is never usually healthy. It's harmful to communication between your friends and family and causes you to bottle up emotions which can make you bitter and angry. Instead of hiding them, try writing them in a notebook or find another creative way to express your emotions.
November 17th, 2015 5:04am
It depends on the situation, for example if you are at a funeral and you're happy about that person's passing, it may be inappropriate to express such opinions at the time. However if you're bottling up emotions it will not help anyone. Allow yourself to feel and let yourself seek help. Do not put up a false face, you need to allow yourself to feel properly.
January 26th, 2016 4:37pm
yes, it feel as if your painting yourself a color you aren't, like finding the rue meaning of a detailed painting
June 21st, 2016 1:48pm
Hiding your emotions can be considered unhealthy because when you bottle them up, they tend to get worse.
August 10th, 2015 3:02pm
Yes it can be. It can also be extremely exhausting and lead to even more intense feelings lot loneliness and happiness. I guess there are times in all of our lives where, for some reason, it is appropriate for use to hide our emotions from others temporarily but we then usually need to deal with them later
November 9th, 2015 4:13pm
In some cases. If you are hiding your emotions to avoid dealing with them, yes. Sometimes not. Privacy is important to some.
December 15th, 2015 8:25pm
It is important to remain true to yourself, accept and observe your feelings. Talk them out to someone you trust if need be. Embrace every emotion that comes your way and deal with each of one those individually