BrainWeighve, Self-Esteem, and Self-Awareness

Self-esteem is a whole different thing from what used to be called a “superiority complex.” For most humans, it is essential that we feel good about ourselves. This post is mainly for young folk, but of course, a lot of things beneficial for the young can also be really helpful for grownups.

It is really advisable to do the self-esteem section. The BrainWeighve manual says,

The app helps you identify the situations in your life that you cannot face or are frustrated with…

It asks you to fill in sections called “My story” about your personal weight loss journey, “My support people,” and finally, “My strengths.” Why is doing this important? How does it help? A world-famous addiction recovery program that helps many people has a slogan — “It works if you work it.” That phrase is equally true here. The app can help you control your own destiny and create a new, improved version of yourself, and all it takes is some cooperation from — guess who? You.

For emergencies, there is a Rescue button. It asks if the problem is the urge to eat, or the regret because you already did it. It asks you to take a clear-eyed look at your present emotional state and helps you create an Action Plan.

Dilute the bitterness

Speaking of regrets, dealing with regret or remorse is vital. When you know you messed up, you naturally feel disappointed and probably even downright bad about yourself. Of course, you want to feel better — which gives the unruly, self-destructive part of your brain an “excuse” to do something stupid — like consume a whole pizza, with another whole pizza for dessert, washed down by a gallon of soda.

Self-awareness is the most important item a person can keep in their box of tools for getting through life. Here is living proof. Look around, and it’s clear that the world is full of adults who do not have a clue about what’s going on in their own heads. In our teen years, many of us make a solemn vow that we will not grow up to be like them.

This app is a splendid opportunity to make that dream come true. It can be an amazing secret weapon against our own ignorance, helping us to fulfill the dream we have of achieving adulthood without drowning in the mistakes that are often so obvious in the adults we have known.

You need this

Here’s the thing about self-awareness: It is essential, because what is the alternative? Letting other people know more about you than you do? That’s a recipe for disaster. When other people know more about you than you know about yourself, you are in a very vulnerable and dangerous (and self-caused) position. That’s delivering yourself into the hands of anyone who may want to manipulate you, embarrass you, lead you into failure, or do any one of a number of unpleasant things to you. It’s handing over your power of self-determination to someone who is not you. And luckily, there is a cure. Self-awareness is the key to unlocking doors that you may not even realize exist.

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Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the American Society of Animal Science 2020 Conference
What’s Causing Obesity in Companion Animals and What Can We Do About It

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the World Obesity Federation 2019 Conference:
Food/Eating Addiction and the Displacement Mechanism

Dr. Pretlow’s Multi-Center Clinical Trial Kick-off Speech 2018:
Obesity: Tackling the Root Cause

Dr. Pretlow’s 2017 Workshop on
Treatment of Obesity Using the Addiction Model

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation for
TEC and UNC 2016

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the 2015 Obesity Summit in London, UK.

Dr. Pretlow’s invited keynote at the 2014 European Childhood Obesity Group Congress in Salzburg, Austria.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2013 European Congress on Obesity in Liverpool, UK.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2011 International Conference on Childhood Obesity in Lisbon, Portugal.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2010 Uniting Against Childhood Obesity Conference in Houston, TX.

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