Dr. Gabor Maté – author of The Myth of Normal – explains the link between being nice and chronic illness sick. People who hide what they really think and feel are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as fibromyalgia, MS, mental health conditions and even cancer. They tend to put other people’s emotional needs ahead of their own, and over identify with duties and responsibilities rather then their own needs and repress healthy anger. They also believe they’re responsible for how other people feel, and try to never disappoint anybody.
Here’s how the immune system is affected by repressed emotions, and and how self-expression and authenticity leads to health and wellness.
My mom has schizophrenia and cancer, my aunt had Parkinson’s and dementia, and my grandma had high blood pressure. I have ulcerative colitis, osteoporosis, arthritis, bunions, a chronic ear infection and bouts of extreme fatigue. We don’t have the same diseases but we have one thing in common: we hide what we really think and feel. We’re inauthentic, in other words. And our inauthenticity has a direct effect on our physical, emotional and spiritual health.
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