In Dr Sarno's book, The Divided Mind, there is a reference between hypertension and the changes in a person from being 'aggressive' or 'assertive' (as I prefer to say when referencing myself) to becoming 'passive'. When I was a teenager, I was the type of guy who didn't take any cr*p off people. As a younger child, we lived in a neighbourhood that was considered a but tough and difficult. We were bullied there a little. But when we moved house, I was 11 years old. My older brother suggested that we should start as we mean to go on and not to allow people to bully us anymore. A fresh start and so lets stand up for ourselves if any attempt at bullying happened and so we did. It went well for about 5 or 6 years. However, at that point there was a very violent episode that happened when I was a teenager. Since then, I decided that it was better to ignore potential trouble, walk away, keep my mouth shut and just don't get involved. Sure enough, many years later, about 3 years ago, at the age of 46, I went to the doctor, just feeling unwell, and they took my blood pressure, which was elevated a little. Stage 1 hypertension. The told me to come back three times later in the week randomly to measure it again, two of those times it was stage 1, and the other time it was barely within range. Blood tests showed nothing. Eco showed all was fine with my heart. They couldn't figure it out. They said my cholesterol was a little high but not very high. They wanted me to get that within range but they also talked about my blood pressure being maybe 'genetically' high. They suggested a low fat diet, which I know now was b*llsh*t. Low carb and high fat has helped lower my cholesterol. IT has also helped me lose weight and get within my BMI. But I found it interesting when I came across that in the book, recently, that it seemed to be 'nail on the head' for me. Someone who was only too happy to stand up for himself, went through a violent event, and then decided that standing up for himself isn't always the best form of action and so I became extremely passive and introvert and have been that way ever since. So whatever anger and rage has developed since then, found it's way out by raising my blood pressure. This in turn caused me to stress a little and at one stage my blood pressure was taken at 178/104, and that was very high. This is not the only form of TMS I have dealt with in life. Anxiety, Panic, Depression, burning pains. I've had many forms, and am only now learning and trying to deal with them. I now own a blood pressure monitor. And while I haven't taken a measurement in a while, i think maybe I should start that again every month. Maybe this simple knowledge will be enough to help me keep it down. Here's hoping.