Sunday, July 26, 2009

Emotional Eating "Do You Love You?"

Two posts ago I wrote about self love. No I'm not talking about the conceit type of love. Actually those who are conceited really don't love themselves either and have a terrible self worth issue.

But we're talking about loving the child within. A science that came to the forefront in the 70's (I believe) was transactional analysis. Yes, psychologists discovered something! They realized that within each of us there is a child and a parent and the possibility of an adult.

The child is frivolous, rebellious, non-caring, in search for adventure... Not all things about the child are bad in fact it's often a good idea to get in touch with the child within us. After all the child was not born rebellious. The child became rebellious and non-caring in response to the parent we developed which is controlling and into rights and wrongs.

It's not uncommon to have a grown adult in total conflict between his parent and child. When it comes to food, as the rebellious child wins the person becomes overweight. When the parent wins the battle, anorexia is the result.

Do you recognize the fight within you? I believe Geneen Roth's book Breaking Free From Emotional Eating is to let the child win to the point of exhaustion. And even though I think it could be done far better and differently, the ultimate goal is to negotiate a truce between the parent and child to bring the adult into being.

Can you recognize your internal battle? Am what I'm writing making sense?

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