‘If psychiatrists decide that eating cheese is a symptom of stress, we will get a cheese-eating epidemic!’ – Minds and Madness tutorial joke.
In this post, I invite you to imagine that, ten years ago, the American Psychological Association claimed to have discovered a new symptom of stress — eating cheese. People eat cheese because it calms them down. Today, it is common knowledge that eating cheese is a symptom of stress, and every health professional in the world is taught to be aware of excessive cheese-eating. Children are taught in school that stress can lead to eating cheese. Entire books have been written about the Stress-Cheese Connection.
Given this scenario, will people begin to eat cheese when they feel stressed?
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I think you’re really onto something Felix! It’s often said that a normal symptom of a broken heart is the desire to eat a tub of Ben and Jerry’s in your pyjamas. And, lo and behold, when I last had my heartbroken, that’s just what I did… The question is, would I have resorted to ‘eating my feelings’ if I didn’t have the pre-conceived notion that this is simply what one does in that situation?