START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

Repressing The Real You Makes You Sick

Repressing The Real You Makes You Sick

I write a lot about authenticity, being unapologetically YOU, and letting your freak flag fly. In my TEDx talk, I spoke about the importance of tapping into your Inner Pilot Light and living in alignment with what’s true for you as a means of both preventative medicine and medical treatment. And in my upcoming book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself (Hay House, 2013), I make the assertion that caring for your body is the least important part of your health and that expressing your true self in all aspects of your life is the most important part.

But you might not believe me. How can authenticity and disease be linked?

As research for my next book, I’m reading the book Consciousness & Healing. In a chapter co-written by the phenomenal Candace Pert, a study was referenced that blew me away.

Authenticity & Disease Progression

Steve Cole and his colleagues at UCLA investigated HIV-positive gay men to determine whether how “out” vs. “closeted” they were with their homosexuality affected disease progression. Study participants were asked to rate themselves as “definitely in the closet,” “in the closet most the time,” “half in and half out,” “out most of the time,” or “completely out of the closet.”

Researchers then followed the course of their disease.

What did they find?

Hiding Who You Are – Whether From Yourself or Others – Makes You Sick

Bingo. On all counts, HIV infection advanced more quickly in direct proportion to how “out of the closet” the patients were. The more they lived in alignment with their truth, the healthier they were. And the results weren’t subtle. Those that were mostly or all the way in the closet hit critically low CD4 counts 40 percent faster than those who were mostly or all the way out, with a 21 percent reduction in time to death.

Other data suggests that this isn’t just true for AIDS. Concealing your identity – whether you’re hiding your unhappiness in your marriage, your dissatisfaction at work, your frustration with how creatively thwarted you feel while raising three kids, or your sexual frustration in a partnership where you’re not getting any – can compromise your ability to heal.

Repression of your true feelings is bad for your health. Unfettered expression of who you are ramps up your inherent physiological self-healing mechanisms.

Being unapologetically YOU is also the ticket to emotional freedom, more open-hearted relationships, better business success, a deeper connection to Source, and more restful sleep!

It’s your choice.

Are you in the closet in your life?

Are you living in alignment with your truth? Do you even know what your truth is?

If you’re not sure or you need help coming out in all aspects of your life, accept the invitation to align with your truth and take a daily dose of preventative medicine by signing up for free daily messages from your Inner Pilot Light.

What can you do to more closely align with your truth? Let us be your witnesses.

Holding the door wide open,

****

Lissa Rankin, MD: Founder of OwningPink.comPink Medicine Revolutionarymotivational speaker, and author of What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax.

Learn more about Lissa Rankin here.

Read more: Health, Life, Self-Help, Spirit, , , , , , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.  She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.  Lissa blogs at LissaRankin.com and also created two online communities - HealHealthCareNow.com and OwningPink.com. She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.

431 comments

+ add your own
8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Unless one is a sociopath then repressing the real you is not a good idea unless one is doing something that will hurt others or yourself.

Too many people aim to please others and do not allow themselves to live their own lives. It is best to appreciate the individual that you are with your own creativity and interests. If you are surrounded by people who are always trying to repress the real you then it is time to look for other friends. If your partner is someone who is adverse to the real you and you live walking on eggshells--leave.

Be yourself, take advice and help when it is truly beneficial and leave the rest.

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Strange, none of my comments have taken today, seems since the maintenance a few days ago I have trouble seeing the comments coming up. Will not repeat it since yesterday these eventually did show up after around five minutes but have been on for a hour and there is nothing yet.

8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

So very true, one can spend a lifetime repressing emotions and becoming badly depressed if you allow yourself to be used as a door mat and have no boundries with others. Some people are creative and they are told not to take art courses because they should be serious about life and things like that. Learn to be expressive but not destructive and enjoy life to the fullest!

8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Of course there are some people who do need to repress themselves such as criminals, sociopaths and that ilk but I realize they won't pay attention to social good anyway.
The rest of us should

8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Sorry, hit something and did not complete my comment-was saying that criminals and sociopaths can do well to repress themselves while the rest of us should learn to be more at ease with self expression!

7:36PM PDT on May 18, 2012

When I am myself I get into a lot of trouble-----ha ha

7:36PM PDT on May 18, 2012

When I am myself I get into a lot of trouble-----ha ha

6:57PM PDT on May 13, 2012

I learned from a young age that I was never happy trying to please other people. I still feel the need to have acceptance from others, but more and more I am learning that I can be a kind and caring person even if other people do not like me. In face, I am more kind, perhaps, when I still care despite others not liking me. I am the most free and truly the most happy when I do something frightening that I have been wanting to do! Whenever I free myself, I feel so wonderful.

8:51AM PDT on May 12, 2012

Took many years but I finally accepted that I'm a woman, not a sophisticated lady. I don't need to be serious all the time, it's healthy to let my playful side have full rein. "In exchange for my youth, I was given the truth".

6:27PM PDT on May 11, 2012

I completely agree. Been there done that and nearly died with it so I know how important it is to be the genuine you. I don't think anyone can understand how truly happy being yourself and not caring what other people think about you is until you do it

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

Hope they said 'GRACE' before eating... Heh,heh,heh.... And,, they are all, so well behaved...

I thought that we weren't going to export chickens and then import.stupid idea..chicken travels mor…

Happy Thanks Giving to all the Care2 American people today. “Let us be grateful to the peop…

All sensible advice.

CONTACT THE EDITORS



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.