The emotional level

Co-dependency guru, John Bradshaw, once declared, "All addiction is about feeling." He was right. As such, the key to freeing ourselves from our compulsions and patterns that no longer serve us lies at the emotional level.

For example, carrying extra weight is often about insulation from the world. It manages us feeling exposed and vulnerable. So if someone wants weight to come off and stay off, they might address their feelings of being exposed and vulnerable. They may have to risk being noticed or being hurt. They may have to change the environments and people that they expose themselves to.

A friend I worked with carried some extra weight. For years she was in an unhealthy, emotionally abusive relationship. She left the relationship one day and decided she deserved to be treated better. She was truly ready to change. She lost about 30-4o pounds in a relatively short time. Not too long after that she met a man treated her with the love and respect she deserved. She kept the weight off. She had resolved the emotional need for the weight.

Another example is that people with intuitive or psychic gifts often carry extra weight. Such people are often acutely aware of meanness and destructive forces. They might try finding a way to protect themselves from the destructive energy in the world. If they could add a symbolic tool such as wearing a crystal to absorb the negative energy (or some other such thing), they may not need the insulation of their weight.

This emotional component could apply to drinking, drug use, smoking, poverty, work-aholism, unhealthy relationships, or any other destructive behavior.

Explore the underlying emotional component and find a way to resolve it. Any therapist worth their salt ought to be able to provide insight if needed.

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