Written by Four Green Steps.com
If your weight is something that weighs heavy on your mind, a fresh perspective may be your ticket to a healthier you. A new wave of research indicates that you can basically 'think yourself thin' and that by obsessing or even believing that you're fat or unhealthy can lead you in an unhealthy direction-both physically and mentally.
This idea does seem at odds with the advice dispensed by many doctors and self-help books, which suggest that willpower and self-discipline are the keys to better health. But Kristin Neff, a pioneer in the field, says self-compassion is not to be confused with self-indulgence or lower standards.
"I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren't more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they'll become self-indulgent," said Dr. Neff, an associate professor of human development at the University of Texas at Austin. "They believe self-criticism is what keeps themRead More »from Mind Over Matter: Does Thinking Your Fat Lead to Obesity?