We’re human beings, not human doings!
Our society values productivity and accomplishment. If you grow up in a family (and a culture) that is primarily or solely interested in what you're doing, accomplishing and achieving, you learn to value yourself by being productive; it becomes the basis of self-esteem.
When others express interest only in your accomplishments, you learn to value yourself only for what you have achieved. When others dismiss or devalue your feelings, you learn to do the same. Feelings become frightening and a source of anxiety. Disordered eating is a way of coping with those feelings. So is staying busy and focused on achievements.
Doing can serve as a distraction from your emotions. It can take the form of:
*Working all the time
*Going online all the time
*Going to the gym
*Having the TV on all the time
*Going out and seeing friends all the time
*Thinking about what you need to do next/making lists
*Thinking about calories, fat grams, the number on the scale
Being puts you in touch with your emotions. It looks like this:
*Staying aware of thoughts and feelings
*Comforting and soothing yourself with words
How do you keep busy?
How did you learn to use “doing” to escape “feeling”?
What happens if you are alone with yourself?
What are you afraid you might think?
What are you afraid you might feel?
When you can "be" with yourself and process any feelings or conflicts you might experience, you are less vulnerable to turning to (or from) food to distract yourself from those uncomfortable states.
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