In the first part of this post, we talked about some of the most irrational aspects of eating disorders: the idea of perfection as thinness; how it messes up with our brains and makes us have absurd ideas; how it controls, twists and destroys every aspect of our life but we still think it’s fine; the rituals it forces us to follow, and its fixation with calories. Today, we’re going to explore some more… and see what we can do about them whether we’re in recovery from an ED or helping someone who is.
This is a clear example of the lack of rationality of eating disorders. The number that appears on the scale may say you’re malnourished, but what you see in the mirror is that you should get even thinner. That is, there’s a conflict between an objective reality and a subjective perception. Which one do you give more credence to? Bingo. And in modern times this has exacerbated because of the boom of subjectivism. Reality must not conditionate what one thinks anymore, but what one thinks is what constitutes reality. However, fortunately, some of us are still stopped in our tracks.