There is a type of depression that feels the same as boredom-- I think we needs more words to describe our feelings. Sometimes people aren't really sad depressed-- they are just blah, unmotivated, unsatisfied "bored" depressed. But even if you don't see your boredom as a kind of unfulfilled, mild depression, I definitely see boredome as an emotion that causes EE's.
The book "Intuitive Eating" is interesting and it gives a continuum of emotional eating from most normal (eating for pleasure), to sometimes normal (eating for comfort), to the gradually more pathological types-- eating for distraction, eating for sedation, and eating for punishment.
I think the "boredom" EEs are usually the mindless, "eating for distraction" type.
I really found the book "Intuitive Eating" a helpful follow up to Shrink Yourself. They describe more about the rebellious self and the inner dialogs than Dr. Gould does, and spend more time on the concepts of listening to your body and savoring your food. Some things in it- like the continuum of emotional eating- were new to me even though I'd taken the Shrink Yourself online course and read the book.
I think Shrink Yourself focuses pretty heavily on the "eating for sedation" part of the continuum, and doesn't address that other parts so much. It is tremendously helpful-- but I still felt I learned some valuable things by reading "intuitive eating" that Dr. Gould really doesn't address that much.
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