Module 3: Social Pressure

In today’s society, there are reminders everywhere about how one should look, how much one should weigh, who is good-looking and who’s not. It is hard to deal with this social stigma. You cannot control it if people judge you because of your weight because they have been taught to think this way.

The idea of this tapping is to detach from their thoughts about your weight. And to detach from your thoughts about what others might be thinking of your weight. This will benefit you because it will free your mind to reach out to people with your best skills and talents, instead of having 50-60% of your brain power consumed with thoughts about their impression of your weight.

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Even though I feel hurt and ashamed when people judge me because of my weight, I accept myself for feeling this way. I’m only human.

Even though wherever I turn, I see reminders of how I should be thin and how I should be losing weight, I now want to turn my attention inward, where I can assess the needs of my body without judgment.

Even though this social stigma of being overweight hampers my style, and keeps me from becoming all that I can be, wouldn’t it be nice if I could look past people’s judgmental ways and be the best I can be anyway?

Round 1

Eyebrow    I want to be invisible. I want to hide.

Side of the eye    I dread being in groups, I feel like I am standing out.

Under the eye    Every time someone looks in my direction,

Under the nose    I secretly beat myself up for being out of shape.

Chin    What must they think of me?

Collar bone    Being around slim people really brings out my insecurities.

Under the arm    I remind myself to be tough and to look at my inner beauty,

Top of the head    but honestly, I’m getting tired of this “inner beauty” crap.

Round 2

Eyebrow    Why can’t I be beautiful inside and out?

Side of the eye    How do I feel good about myself when I’m feeling judged all the time?

Under the eye    Sometimes people look at me like I’m some kind of criminal.

Under the nose    People are so superficial.

Chin    God forbid I run into someone from my “thin” days.

Collar bone    Then they give me that look – What did you do to yourself?

Under the arm    I bend over backwards to help people,

Top of the head    just so that they will look past my big size

Round 3

Eyebrow    and see my little heart that beats just like theirs.

Side of the eye    They look at me like I’m only waiting to rush home

Under the eye    to lose myself in food and more food.

Under the nose    They judge me, they pity me,

Chin    they draw conclusions about me when they don’t even know me.

Collar bone    They make it look like thin people are somehow more “sincere”.

Under the arm    They think I’m lazy, I’m careless.

Top of the head    Then they think I will be careless with their affairs too.

Round 4

Eyebrow    This misjudgement of my character hits below the belt.

Side of the eye    I dread family outings,

Under the eye    I dread reunions, parties and all kind of social events

Under the nose    where I will come face to face with another person.

Chin    I worry about the diseases that could befall me as I grow older.

Collar bone    When doctors can’t find a reason for a disease,

Under the arm    they will pin it on my extra weight.

Top of the head    That’s their easy way out.

Round 5

Eyebrow    With all their research and degrees, I wonder why

Side of the eye    they haven’t found a real cure for my weight yet.

Under the eye    I’m tired of being called an apple or a pear shape.

Under the nose    I am tired of fat jokes, I’m tired of food jokes.

Chin    I get it, I get it, I need to do “something”.

Collar bone    But I wonder if I can ever be thin.

Under the arm    Being thin, I may fit into the right clothes,

Top of the head    but I will not fit into my surroundings.

Round 6

Eyebrow    Where almost everyone including me

Side of the eye    has come to expect me to be out of shape.

Under the eye    Part of me feels safe being this way.

Under the nose    I don’t have to deal with perverts.

Chin    I could go anywhere,

Collar bone    I could talk to any number of men and women,

Under the arm    completely assured that no one’s going to think I’m hitting on them.

Top of the head    They just don’t expect people like me to do something like that.

Round 7

Eyebrow    People just don’t hit on me.

Side of the eye    Although I wonder how it would be,

Under the eye    if I started to take pride in my body,

Under the nose    if I felt confident in my body,

Chin    if I could handle the right kind of attention,

Collar bone    even enjoyed it, without having to run for cover.

Under the arm    If I recognized the power in my body, and used it well.

Top of the head    Will I still want to keep it under wraps?

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