TL;DR is that by avoiding certain feelings, you suffer more than if you just took on the feeling head on.
I found this very interesting because I find that this could be a major theme in my life. I used to feel incredible pity for people with anxiety disorders because I remember it as "the worst feeling ever" when I was younger. This has become such a massive denial of emotion to the point where I'm failing school because I don't give enough of a damn to do anything. Some time ago, I was at least aware of this on some level and went on a "panic quest" - to experience something that would scare me enough to give me a panic attack. I think I on some level avoided things that would actually work because I was afraid of being afraid, if that makes sense. What do you guys think?