SUPPRESSION AND REPRESSION
Suppression is the activity of consciously and temporarily repressing parts of ourselves in an appropriate response to life's events and situations.
Repression is an unconscious and neurotic (irrational) activity that involves denying perfectly natural parts of our character. Repression is mainly due to continual and unconscious suppression due to the negative influence of people and circumstances. The repressed person has forgotten that they are repressing. When we become conscious that we are repressing then we have improved the situation to one of "suppression."
Repression is not just ugly and perverted but also dangerous to the welfare of other people. Repressed people become perverted and “as within, so without.” The repression causes illness in the areas of life that the repression is being actively administered. Repression is an active function, it is not passivity.
The repressed person is expending a great deal of time and energy keeping up the mechanics of the repression. This means that their life energy is being channeled into the repression and they have little energy left to live a healthy life.
Persistent repression of natural life-expressions can lead to depression.