A professor once gave us a good image in class of what happens if we attempt to deny our emotions. Here it is;
Think of yourself in a swim pool or any body of water where you can stand on your feet and the water about waist high. Then think of yourself attempting to push a really big air filled beach ball under that water. The truth is, it is nearly impossible to do that. I have tried many times since the class. Well, he said, if somehow you have a smaller ball and you actually can push it under the water, let your hands go from the ball. The deeper you were able to get it down, the higher the ball pops out of the water. The ball is emotions.
We can't deny them, If we try to push them down so we can't feel them it won't work. But IFwe do get them down really far, when they come to the surface it is often in a horrible blast of uncontrolled feelings. He said that it is people who try to deny the emotions that wind up becoming serial murderers and other truly violent people.
Your point is a good one. Yet, now and then, I think we still try to ignore a feeling that we don't want to face--it is just that we don't try to bury it.
Take care--keep healthy.
If we do not live what we believe, then we will begin to believe what we live.