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Emotional Eating Gets a New Face When You Know the Negative Impact Other People Have on You

Posted Sep 21 2010 2:00am

We are all affected by other people in our lives, sometimes in good ways and sometimes not. No one wears a skin so thick she doesn’t feel the sting of someone’s negative impact. One common defense for women is to eat away the painful feelings. Eating like this goes hand in hand with trying to downplay how much the other person has affected you.

Here is an exercise to up your awareness so you don’t automatically turn to food. Pick some people in your life and grade them on their negative effect on you.

How much has the other person affected you?

0 = not at all

1 = mildly

2 = moderately

3 = severely


___ My ability to set boundaries

___ My vulnerability

___ My perception of myself

___My family life

___My friendships

___ My ability to get my needs met

___My self-esteem

___My feeling of security

___My ability to love

___My sexuality

___My ability to trust

___My sense of purpose

___My outlook on life

___My mood

___My values

___My physical health

___My weight

___My career

___My sense of competency



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