* This is part one of an exercise is designed to help you understand how you use your body to express your different emotional states . . .
Please make yourself comfortable, close your eyes and relax . . . imagine that you are at a party . . . Imagine the type of party it is . . . It might be a dancing party, a talking party, a small intimate party . . . how you are feeling? . . What are you wearing? . . . How do you feel in these clothes? . . . Try and feel yourself in your body . . . Now notice your behaviour at this party. Are you an observer? . . . Are you actively mixing with other people; do you feel withdrawn? . . . As you observe yourself at this party; I’d like you to imagine that you are getting fatter . . . You are now quite large . . . How do you feel at this size? . .You may have both negative and positive feelings about being this size . . . What are you wearing and how do you feel about your clothes? . . . how are you interacting with the other people there? . . . Are you on your own or are you talking, dancing, eating with others? . . . Do you feel comfortable or would you like to leave? . . . Can you initiate contact or do you feel you must wait until you are sought out? . . . Now I’d like you to imagine your fat is communicating with the people at the party . . . It is saying something that I’d like you to put into words . . . What is your fat saying to others? . . Is there any way in which you feel it helps you to be this size in this situation? . . . When you are ready, turn to the questions below.
1. What positive aspects of fatness emerged that you hadn’t realised you felt?
2. What emerged about aspects of your personality that you express through your fat?
3. How might you express that part of you if you were your ideal size?