Physiological urges – a feeling or a circumstance?


Hi Brooke! I am all for the model. I think it’s brilliant and genius. But I always have one argument against it: Aren’t some feelings physiological, and therefore a circumstance? Like the feeling of hunger… isn’t that a circumstance, not a feeling? Hunger pangs in my stomach aren’t caused by thoughts, they’re caused by gastric juices churning in my empty stomach.

As I write this, I’m predicting that you’ll tell me that hunger in this case is a circumstance. But what about urges? (I just watched the videos pertaining to urges in your Stop Overeating Workshop.)

For example, what about urges for sweets and cakes when you’ve been poisoning yourself with sweets for your entire life? I believe that there’s a physiological dependency that has developed there, and sometimes that urge wasn’t brought on by a thought. Rather, it was brought on by the body’s physiologically trained desire for more processed sugar. So, shouldn’t an urge be considered a circumstance and not a feeling?

I understand that I can still change my thoughts about the urge, but I am in heavy disagreement with urges being caused by thoughts. I don’t think that my previous self (who ate much more unhealthy food) wanted cupcakes because I had the thought, “I want cupcakes.” I think that previously (when I was addicted to sugar and processed junk) I was minding my own business and then my body finished burning through all that processed sugar and then sent a signal to my brain that I want another cupcake so that I can get more sugar into my body. This biological urge, to me, is a circumstance, not a feeling.

What are your thoughts on this? If you disagree with me, please help me understand why a physiological process in my body is caused by a thought.