Professional Development Training

Emotional Eating (and other troublesome habits)



Peter Buck, Student Counselor

Start Date: 

January 25, 2018, 3:00 pm

End Date: 

January 25, 2018, 4:00 pm


Bradford 306, The Center for Teaching Excellence


"This presentation will introduce the approach to healing found in “Brain Over Binge” by Kathryn Hansen and “The Little Book of Big Change” by Amy Johnson, PhD. We’ll look at recent insights from neuroscience regarding habit formation and we’ll point to how humans can access healthy thinking with minimal effort. Based on a health-oriented psychology with a positive 40-year track record, Johnson’s book is provocatively subtitled: "the no-willpower approach to breaking any habit". It is true that recovery is better when we aren’t fighting ourselves.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Discuss the limits of will-power in resolving emotional eating.
  • Understand how automatic and impersonal the process by which the brain forms habits is.
  • Understand the role of thought in generating our everyday experience – and discuss its unexpected importance.
  • Understand that human identity includes a heathy core – and elicit examples of this from the experience of those attending.
  • Outline how neuroscience, the role of thought, and the healthy core all point to a self-corrective process regarding emotional eating. (Which will-power plays little part in.)