When emotions go missing, where do they go? We can imagine them "buried", "abducted", "masked", "hidden", or "disguised". What do these terms really mean? We can't say for sure, but let's imagine that your missing emotions have been blocked and then frozen.
Missing emotions differ from other emotions in that they don't fulfill their potential. Our missing emotions fail to do what they were meant to do: they don't prompt action, find natural expression, or even become available to our conscious mind.
Instead they may linger like other physical impulses that are thwarted. Blocked emotional impulses can get backed-up inside us. Deep within our body, our missing emotions can get locked away as failed potentials. Their unspent charge becomes partially frozen and causes us stress.
Frozen emotions may also leave behind the feelings that accompanied them. These feelings can persist in the back of our minds. Here they can refuel our missing emotions, silently pushing for their expression in our fantasies, dreams, musical tastes, and sudden outbursts.
Remember that feelings are the mental accompaniments of emotions. These mental traces - our feelings - can help us know where to search for hidden emotions.
Think about your emotional patterns. Talk to trusted friends. Focus on feelings that are painfully familiar, yet don't quite make sense. Investigating the the meaning of these recurrent feelings is a promising place to start looking for missing emotions - to help begin to thaw.