Desperately Seeking Self: An Inner Guidebook for People with Eating Problems
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Desperately Seeking Self An Inner Guidebook for People with Eating Problems Viola Fodor © 1997 by Viola Fodor All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any form without written permission, except for brief passages quoted for review purposes. Published by: Gürze Books; PO Box 2238; Carlsbad, CA 92018; 760/434-7533 Cover design: Abacus Graphics, Oceanside, CA Cover artwork Women in Tight Spaces, an etching
busy, hoping that activity would help dull the gnawing emptiness, but any relief was fleeting. She tossed aside all her yearnings for greater depth and meaning in life by deciding her expectations were idealistic. She concluded that peace of mind and fulfillment were only words. She would no longer look for them in her life. Anne overcame her anorexia with the help of a local hospital program. She was adored by her husband and two children, was an exemplary wife, mother, friend, and community
lives and are healthy, productive people. Who determines the criteria by which to measure your life? How do you know when you are well enough or free enough from your eating problem? Do you view peace of mind and inner freedom as merely the “stuff” of wishful thinking or immature dreams? We are all capable of personal fulfillment. People with eating problems are meant to learn from what they have experienced. Tell me honestly, don’t Claire, Anne, and Suzanne seem scarred or boxed-in to you?
responsibility, one that perpetuates your learned helplessness. You claim that you seek peace of mind, that you yearn to break free from your obsessions and fears, that you want to exorcise your inner demons. You say that you are willing to help yourself in any way that you can. However, is that truly the case, or are you caught up in wishful thinking or empty words? Are you truly prepared to do the necessary work or are you fooling yourself? I have observed the phenomenon of learned
looks as if part of my problem is that I’m thinking too much and trying too hard. That is all I know how to do. As I have never experienced a deep sense of myself I’m still not sure what I am looking for. What exactly is the self and how can it be so important? Your life is not meant to be as difficult as you have made it. Your life can begin to flow. The Inner Self You have within you an essence, a core, your essential self. It goes deeper than all of your limiting, negative