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Making a scene about anything that annoys you is healthy according to new research which shows that keeping emotions bottled up can have serious repercussions for physical and mental health.

The team of researchers at the University of Jena in Thuringia found that people from countries like Italy and Spain where they were easily excitable saw life expectancy benefits from not trying to keep their feelings in.

In contrast people from countries like England where they attempted to repress their emotions suffered from a raised pulse and perspiration. This resulted in high blood pressure and an increased chance of developing a wide range of illnesses, from coronary heart disease to kidney damage.

In the original article published last year in the journal Health Psychologies, the researchers identified a particular group, so-called "repressors", who were particularly at risk.

"These people are distinguished by the way that they attempt to conceal outward signs of fear, and also by their defensive behaviour. They avoid risks and always seek a high level of control over themselves and their surroundings," Marcus Mund said.

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