People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They are able to cope with life’s challenges. They can keep problems in perspective and bounce back from setbacks. They feel good about themselves and have good relationships. It is often it is as a result of past difficulties or traumas, or inappropriate nurturing, which have resulted, over time, in the burying and denial of our feelings, because in order to survive and function, feelings which are painful are not allowed to surface. So, we may grow intellectually and physically, but emotionally our growth is stunted.