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A response to the ‘surroundings’ in a very broad sense
Often accompanying anorexia nervosa (see that indication), bulimia is also in many cases a mental response to the ‘surroundings’ in a very broad sense: familial circumstances, but also the general culture and, internally, changes in hormonal status, for example.
Avoiding feelings of guilt
What you can do in the first place, is avoid every kind of feeling of guilt. You do not suffer ‘on purpose’ from bulimia. It ‘comes over you’, like something that is completely external and comes over you from outside. You are not guilty, but you are responsible (especially to yourself) to work on it in a way that is appropriate to the problem.
Bulimia as a form of dependency behaviour
You can consider bulimia as a kind of dependency behavior. A bout of voracity doesn’t make you happy. It only gives you a brief diminishment of stress that afterwards simply heightens again. To get out of this vicious circle, you have to tackle the addiction itself.
Underneath, a lot of factors can play a role. For example, a punishment of yourself instead of someone else, for not completely ‘living’, not fully daring to be present in this world. Or for example, a type of emotional resistance against a change in your emotional life, such as a change in sexuality during puberty. It’s important then to accept this new status, especially at the level of feelings and meanings. Therefore in the form eventually of a communication with your own subconscious.
A good communication with the subconscious can never go wrong
The advantage of a good communication with the subconscious (such as hopefully for you with AURELIS as well), is that you can never go ‘wrong’. It’s not like shooting an arrow to a goal. These sessions give you the occasion to be open, whereby whatever underlying problem is touched and can diminish or solve itself.
Towards another attitude concerning eating and food
You contemplate during this session about food and eating. You let feelings spontaneously arise from within you, thus also lying behind feelings. You just take notice of this all without appraisal, let alone condemnation.Play Session
You remove the pressure from a dam on a river
In your imagination you remove the pressure from a dam on a river. This dam is what retains within you the energy that over the course of time provokes an attack of bulimia.Play Session
Like a wave you go towards it and each time you take along a bit of energy
In your imagination you repeatedly go towards a bout of voracity, but always remain at a safe distance. Each time you can take along some of its energy with you.Play Session
Your 'throw' an attack of bulimia far away from you
Your simply 'throw' an attack of bulimia far away from you so it cannot affect you. This is an exercise that you can apply in your imagination and in reality whenever the occasion occurs. You will then have mastered this technique well.Play Session
Who is the boss: you or an upcoming attack of bulimia?
You practice feeling yourself as the boss of the situation or reversedly: the situation playing the boss over you. You effectively get the choice. Who is eventually the boss: you or the upcoming attack of bulimia?Play Session
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- Advances in psychotherapy for children and adolescents with eating disorders. by Lock J, Fitzpatrick KK. Journal: Am J Psychother. 2009;63(4):287-303.
- The outcome of bulimia nervosa: findings from one-quarter century of research. by Steinhausen HC, Weber S. Journal: Am J Psychiatry. 2009 Dec;166(12):1331-41. Epub 2009 Nov 2.
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