Remove The Blinkers… Attention Bias In Eating Disorder Recovery


When something stops being an option in your mind for long enough you just stop seeing it.

During my years of heavy restrictive eating, compulsive exercise and movement and painful isolation, my brain learnt and adapted to this being my new normal and stopped paying attention to the fact that anything else was a real option to me.

Yes, other people could eat anything and everything, other people could rest all day and all evening if they chose to, other people could socialise and have relationships but my brain would either blot out that these things were even happening for others or was convinced that these things were not meant for me so avoided noticing them.

This concept is one that is common to the human brain.

Our brains are programmed to have ‘confirmation and attention bias’, where we will pay attention to some things while at the same time…

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