Psychological repression, or simply repression, is the psychological attempt made by an individual to repel one’s own desires and impulses toward pleasurable instincts by excluding the desire from one’s consciousness and holding or subduing it in the unconscious. Repression plays a major role in many mental illnesses, and in the psyche of the average person.
This is especially true when it comes to sexual urges. The only real alternatives are to repress it, act it out (e.g., find a sexual partner) or sublimate it by altering the sexual energy into socially acceptable behavior. Outside of prayer, which worked for me, these are about the only alternatives.
This is a big issue and the reason many psychologists are so critical of the Catholic Church. How do you defend the Church here?