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Trusting your gut in eating disorder recovery

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Our goal at The Victorian is to get our clients to
distinguish between “eating disorder thinking” and “wise thinking.”  From there we counsel the clients in how to
act on wise thinking. Many come in with hard set patterns of acting out in
their eating disorder thinking. Changing these patterns is difficult, but worth
watching the clients start to trust themselves. Years of mistakes and poor
choices make the clients uneasy trusting themselves; often we refer to “Trusing
your gut.” We ask the clients, “What does your gut say the answer is?”


According to Antoine Bechara, PhD, an associate professor of
neurology at the University of Iowa, “People treat intuition like it’s a dirty
word, but it’s actually one of the body’s survival mechanisms. It’s a means of
taking you away from danger and steering you toward what is good for you.”

Gradually, the science of intuition is shaking off its
woo-woo connotations as experts become more sophisticated in understanding
where it comes from and how to measure it. They’re also increasingly confident
that most of us have substantial talent for intuition, and that it influences
us more than we realize. “Assuming everything your emotional world is stable,”
says Oliver Turnbull, PhD, a professor of psychology and researcher at the
University of Wales Center for Cognitive Neuroscience in the United Kingdom, “you
shouldn’t have to force yourself to ‘listen’ to your intuition. It’s already
there.” Yet many of ignore this tool – or worse, respond to urges of a misguided
imagination. Fine-tuning your intuition will help you make better decisions
whether you’re buying a car, making new acquaintances, or solving problems at
work. It could even save your life.

Happy Recovery,