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Mothering

Mothering
originally published on NourishingtheMother

As a psychologist specializing in disordered eating for several decades, I have learned how to view “mothering” as an archetypal force and to recognize how those who struggle with eating and food are actually starving for “archetypal mothering.”

Archetypes are concepts that cross all cultures and all time. For example, if you could go back in time, you could find the concept of “mother” and if it were possible to go into the future, you would probably find the concept of mother. You can find the concept of mother in any culture on the planet.

Think about “mothering” as a verb, which means to soothe, comfort and nurture.

We often confuse the “energetic” of mothering with the object of mothering (our biological mothers) or the concrete, physical symbol of mothering (food). Many who struggle with disordered eating confuse physical nurture and comfort with emotional nurture and comfort. This is not surprising, given that for most of us, our very first experience of being soothed and nurtured was with food — either at our mother’s breast or from a bottle.

This is why we use the term “comfort food.” At some level we understand we are reaching for food when we want to be comforted. But we don’t consciously understand that the food is simply the symbol of the mothering we want, and can never really completely fulfill that need – just as someone wanting more freedom cannot get it by collecting American flags. The flag is the symbol of freedom, not freedom itself.

While is not unusual for those struggling with disordered eating to have some struggle or frustration with their own mothers, this does not mean that their mothers are at fault or the cause […]

Metaphors and Storytelling in Healing Eating Disorders [Dietitians Unplugged Podcast]

Metaphors and Storytelling in Healing Eating Disorders [Dietitians Unplugged Podcast]
I was recently interviewed by Aaron Flores and Glenys Oyston of  Dietitians Unplugged Podcast.

In this episode, Dr. Anita Johnston explains how she was first exposed to metaphor as a way of healing, and how this can be a source for a deeper understanding of our behaviors. She also takes a deep dive into the discussing the popular “log metaphor” from her book and why it resonates with so many clients.

I would love to hear what you think, share a comment below!

 

Anita

 

How Women Can Transform Their Relationships with Food Through Myth, Metaphor, and Storytelling

How Women Can Transform Their Relationships with Food Through Myth, Metaphor, and Storytelling
I was recently interviewed by Diana Hill of  Psychologists Off The Clock: A Psychology Podcast About The Science And Practice Of Living Well.

In this episode, Diana interviews Dr. Anita Johnston, author of Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationships with Food Through Myth, Metaphor, and Storytelling. Dr. Johnston describes why myth and metaphors are effective strategies for uncovering and understanding the function and meaning of disordered eating. Dr. Johnston shares examples of metaphors she uses in her book to illustrate the complexities of eating disorder recovery. Dr. Johnston explores food as metaphor, the difference between emotional and physical hunger, and why recovery looks more like a labyrinth than a maze. Finally she offers resources for deeper study through her online course and support group at The Light of the Moon Cafe.

Key Points of the Podcast:

Do You Or Someone You Care About Struggle With Body Image Or Eating Concerns?
Are You Interested In How Storytelling And Metaphor Can Be Powerful Tools In Eating Disorder Treatment?
Are You Curious What Is The Function Of Disordered Eating?
Want To Know How To Respond To “Feeling Fat”?

I would love to hear what you think, share a comment below!

 

Anita

 

Heal your Relationship with Your Body and Reclaim Power of Feminine Energy

Heal your Relationship with Your Body and Reclaim Power of Feminine Energy
I was recently interviewed by Dr. Nazanin Moali on the Sexology Podcast.

We discuss how to heal your relationship with your body and reclaim your power of feminine energy.

 

Key Points of the Podcast:

Why women today are dissatisfied with their image
How feminine energy is connected to the earth
Understanding your intuition and instinct
The resonation people feel with her book “Eating In The Light Of The Moon”
How food habits are linked to sexual desires and behaviors
The power of feminine energy and the need to understand it better
The need to have better support networks around ourselves

 

I would love to hear what you think, share a comment below!

 

Anita

 

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