Wall Street Journal article talking about personality types and how they lead to behaviors that pile on the pounds. It’s a useful article, but I actually found this blog post on BodyRock.tv a bit more useful:
The 12 Types of Emotional Hunger
Type 1. Dulling The Pain With The Food Trance.
If you get really hungry when you feel angry, depressed, anxious, bored, or lonely, you suffer from Type 1 emotional hunger, and you use food to dull the pain that these emotions cause.
Type 2. Sticks And Stones May Break Your Bones, But Cake Won’t Heal What Hurts You.
If you react by getting hungry when others talk down to you, take advantage of you, belittle you or take you for granted, then you suffer from Type 2 emotional hunger. You eat to avoid confrontation.
Type 3. A Full Heart Fills An Empty Belly.
If you crave food when you have tension in your close relationships, you suffer from Type 3 emotional hunger. You eat to avoid feeling the pain of rejection or anger.
Type 4. Hate Yourself, Love Your Munchies.
If you tend to become hypercritical of yourself, if you label yourself “stupid,” “lazy,” or “a loser,” you have Type 4 emotional hunger. You eat to “stuff down” self-hatred.
Type 5. Secret Desires Have No Calories.
If your hunger gets activated because your intimate relationships don’t satisfy some basic need like trust or security, you suffer from Type 5 emotional hunger and you use food to try to fill the gap.
Type 6. Forty Million Big Gulps And The Well Is Still Empty.
If you eat to make up for the deprivation you experienced as a child, you have Type 6 Emotional Eating.
Type 7. It’s My Pastry, and I’ll Eat If I Want To.
If you eat to assert your independence because you don’t want anyone telling you what to do, you have Type 7 emotional hunger.
Type 8. I Can’t Come To Work Today–I’m Eating
If your appetite kicks in when you’re faced with new challenges–if you use food to avoid rising to the test, or to insulate yourself from the fear of failure–you have Type 8 emotional hunger.
Type 9. Aroused by Aromas, Not by the Chef.
If you stuff your face in order to avoid your sexuality-either to stay overweight so that nobody desires you or to hide from intimate encounters–you suffer from Type 9 Emotional Eating.
Type 10. I’ll Beat You With this Eclair.
Emotional eaters often eat to pay back those who have hurt them, often in the distant past. They use their bodies as battlegrounds for working out old resentments.
Type 11. Peter Pan and the Peanut Butter Cookie.
If you eat to make yourself feel carefree, like a child, you have Type 11 emotional hunger. You eat to keep yourself from facing the challenges of growing up.
Type 12. That Stranger In Lycra Wearing Your Face.
If you overeat because you fear getting thin, either consciously or unconsciously, you have Type 12 emotional hunger.