This was a numbing behavior, which is any activity that we use to numb our feelings so that we don’t experience vulnerability.
And to be honest with you, I see this happening with many of my clients. When they’re not happy with the way they look and their body fat, they tend to do things that make them feel better about themselves and their current situation.
These numbing behavior activities like drinking wine, mindlessly scrolling social media, staying “crazy busy,” eating sugar, binge-watching Netflix, online shopping, etc., etc. etc. are really common.
Don’t get me wrong; by themselves, these are not destructive habits. It’s when these characteristics become innate to one’s life to hide from the reality that they are no longer constructive to the person’s psyche.
So, I think we can all relate to Karen.