It has come into my mind lately that I have anger issues with a person from my childhood who treated me badly. I also notice that I have been pushing away the memories and when I do that, I am fine, at least for a while. Do you think I need to forgive or is it ok to just push the memories away and not think about the person?
It seems to me that you may need, at some point, to do the important work of forgiving. I say that because you say you can push the memories away only “for a while.” In other words, they keep coming back. If you forgive, you likely will remember what happened to you, but you will remember in new ways, without so much anger.