About Emotional Eating – Beliefs and Feelings
Emotional Eating – Snacking between meals or compulsive overeating may arise, for example, emerging from hunger during dieting or prolonged fasting serving. However, very often the food is not only to meet the physiological needs, i.e. hunger, but instead becomes a way to cope with unpleasant emotions that are difficult to express and discharge in a different way.
Food and emotions
Generally speaking, one of the mechanisms responsible for the development and maintenance of compulsive overeating, also known as emotional eating, food is treated as a way of allowing to cope with unpleasant emotions. Although lots of people suffering from this disease are aware of the mechanism, the same behaviour – reaching for food in excess quantities – is perceived by them as occurring outside of conscious control. These people take themselves so destructive behaviours (such as compulsive overeating) until you feel unpleasant physical symptoms, but also mental.
The process of change
These include acts committed in situations of high stress intensity initially seem impossible to change. A person with an eating disorder is hard to imagine another scenario of behaviour that could be taken, for example, in a stressful situation. Making changes is often the awareness of the patient that her behaviour could be adaptive, for example, as a child, when it was the only possible way of dealing with unpleasant emotions. Currently, it has a wider range of behaviours available; you may want to implement it so effective. This is not an easy process; it takes time and commitment to the therapeutic process.
The mechanism of abnormal
During the therapy, it is essential to check the motives of reaching for food, leading to overeating. In some cases it may be that originally served overeating cope with loneliness, for example. The key is to check the appropriateness of such a belief: is it really the case that the patient was abandoned by loved ones, or rather, she turned away from the other without letting on to be with each other. Analysis of ulterior motives is very essential, since it helps to better understand the mechanism of the formation and maintenance of the disorder.
Emotions and Beliefs
Very essential is the analysis of the relationship between felt emotions, especially those that are difficult to express openly, and beliefs (that is what we think at the time to feel the emotion), and behaviours that are the consequence. For example, if a patient’s dominant emotion is fear it is worth checking what is hidden in the ground. This can be thought of being utilized, wounded, an inability to trust anyone. It is very likely that such feelings appear in childhood. At that time, could give comfort food that from the earliest stages of life was probably associated with bliss, satisfaction of needs. At the very strong emotions can be helpful only significant bouts of overeating, eating large amounts of food. This puts the rest, which unfortunately eventually turned into not only the unpleasant physical symptoms, but also psychological malaise. During the treatment and healing process so you can look for arguments challenging the recently acquired beliefs underlying anxiety. It is essential that the patient acquired the belief that even though the child did not feel safe when he is an adult now has more resources necessary for it to take control of their own lives, acquire faith that he can feel safe in a way that is adequate, allowing to feel better. When the belief is changed in such a way that its original form will be unusable and no longer have a devastating impact on the life of the patient.