It’s no secret that your mood can certainly affect your
behavior. That’s why mood can have such influence over your pattern of eating.
Self-awareness is a mood interceptor. Self-awareness can
enable you to very directly relieve your mood by being cognizant of the cause
of the mood and of your need to do something about the exact cause.
If, however, you are not as self-aware as you need to be,
perhaps because you are defensively unaware at times, you will not be alert to
the causes of your moods. Under these conditions, your lack of self-awareness
can result in you adopting an eating pattern that will make you feel better while
the real cause of the mood goes unattended to. This is the situation when a
relationship problem, a family issue, or some other kind of mood inducing
matter results in eating too much food or eating too many calorie-rich foods.
An example of being defensively self-unaware is a woman who gets
insulted by a friend, feels the impact of the insult, but somehow quickly twists
the insult into “her friend didn’t really mean anything by it.” In addition to
twisting the insult into something her friend didn’t mean, the woman also
ignores her own feelings about being insulted. The final step in this woman
becoming unaware is after a while she forgets the insult ever happened.
The consequence of this process of unawareness is the woman has
an eating pattern that makes her a compulsive eater and she is very overweight.
The mood that she became unaware of finds a way to take its toll.