Fake it til you make it

Thursday, April 12, 2012

I had a thought today...It's a sound psych principle that when you're trying to learn new behavior, or overcome a mental health obstacle or challenge, it can be really helpful to "act as if". In the case of someone depressed, it can mean thinking about how a non-depressed person would act, move through their day, etc, and act like that yourself.

In the case of eating habits, what would it be like to think about eating like the fit and healthy and magnificent person inside you would eat? The "me" that I am keeping in mind during the process of shifting my lifestyle and behavior around food and activity would likely make very different choices than I currently do. I wonder if it would be a fun thought experiment to try to see things through "her" eyes?
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  • HEATHER109
    Thanks for all those comments! Glad to hear other people get it! I love how we can use our own minds against us, or perhaps 'for us' would be a better way to say it in this case.
    1989 days ago
    You know what's funny? I've always had a problem with the "fake it 'til you make it" phrase because it seemed somehow, I don't know, dishonest in a weird way. But...

    ...I totally LOVE your "Act As If" mantra! Can I get that on a t-shirt? emoticon
    1989 days ago
    I love that phrase, it's gotten me through so much crap, and I still say it every day for some reason or other. I also like using it for learning something new. So, you suck at something for awhile, pretend like you're great at it, like you were born for whatever you're doing, and keep at it till you ARE great at it.

    Your reason, to eat for your super magnificent, healthy true self is maybe one of the best applications of the term.

    1990 days ago
    I have also heard this theory. It also applies to forcing a smile, for example, when you're not feeling it, because the actual physical can effect the physiological.

    Definitely worth giving a go.
    1990 days ago
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