Saturday, 12 January 2013

The geography of feelings

I've had a win today.  I think I may finally properly have my head around the difference between anxiety and hunger.

My body awareness is really shaky.  It affects my sense of where I am in space - which leads to tripping and running into things - and in terms of sensing my own internal processes like pain and cold.  The second one, I think, is the root of my problem with telling anxiety from hunger.

The two both feel like physical feelings to me, but one's a little higher than the other - hunger's more around the solar plexus, just under the ribcage, whereas anxiety is lower, more around the navel.  But actually figuring this out and telling one from the other accurately has taken me more than 30 years to sort out.  This explains why my anxiety went untreated for years.  Also why I am fat.

This set me to thinking about what other feelings - both physical and emotional - have a particular part of the body where they hang out.  Here's what I've come up with: