Samedi 19 septembre 2020

Eating to mask psychological and relational difficulties

TRUE : We can eat excessively due to psychological and emotional difficulties.

  • Psychological and relational problems can lead to quantitative and qualitative modifications in the way of eating, and sometimes even unbeknownst to the person, who may not be conscious of this change.
  • We also eat excessively to anesthetize, suffocate thoughts, emotions, and painful feelings. Some complain about feeling painfully empty inside, whereas others (or the same) talk about feeling stuffed. Eating then becomes a way to prevent thinking and to mask problems.
  • Eating gives an easy and immediate pleasure, which helps to fight self emptiness, global dissatisfaction, anxiety, and depression.
  • Eating is also a way to conceal one’s aggressiveness and violence. Phrases like " I would have eaten him alive " or "I swallowed my rage " are good illustrations of the transfer into the body of inexpressible emotions.
  • Psychological and relational problems that were hidden by eating are all the more present when we stop using this system of defense.
  • Being slim is to get one's back to the wall; there are no more excuses for not being able to seduce, having a richer personal life, being successful in all ways.

FALSE : A long and detailed psychotherapy is absolutely required to achieve losing weight permanently.

  • Psychological help must be adapted to the kind of difficulties that are met. It can be a psychological support, a cognitive behavior therapy of medium duration, a psychotherapy referring to psychoanalysis, to other therapies, or to other schools of thought.
  • Most often, losing weight permanently is difficult and requires calling oneself into question more generally than just on the alimentary field. From this point of view, this is also an experience that will enrich one's life.
  • Dernière mise à jour: 19/11/15 16:53