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-Why is self-compassion so foreign to codependents, especially those who have food and body issues?

-What is mindful self-compassion and how can it help us heal from codependency?

-What are the initial steps we can take to cultivate a self-compassion practice?

Welcome to Episode 133! This week, Cori Rosenthal, LMFT, is back to educate us on mindful self-compassion. In the episode, you’ll hear Cori and I discuss the interconnection between codependency, food, weight, and body image. Cori describes how codependents are vulnerable to said issues since we often have low self-worth, attempt to self-soothe (possibly by over- or under-eating), and receive positive feedback when we meet (or attempt to meet) ideals of conventional beauty. It’s a vicious cycle that leaves us disconnected. Cori believes mindful self-compassion can help us heal from all this. She shares about her work integrating self-compassion and how you can start providing self-compassion to yourself asap. It’s a must-listen!

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Cori Rosenthal is a licensed therapist based out of southern California. Her training in mindful self-compassion informs her work with teens and adults. Cori specializes in working with intimacy and codependency, food and body issues, trauma, anxiety.


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We begin with hearing Cori’s definition of codependency: due to developmental “misses” or trauma in childhood–often childhood neglect–one develops a pattern of seeking value from others. Cori differentiates between emotional neglect and “good enough parenting” to help us understand where codependency comes from. As adults, we often don’t realize what needs went unmet. We often did not develop an emotional language and our emotions were not validated.

Cori opens up about a codependent experience from her own life with a friend. “She was my person and I would suffer on my own until I could talk to her.” She reflects on how she was able to make positive changes thanks to hearing a metaphor on dixie cups that encouraged her to create a “team.” Now, Cori knows her strengths as a friend and the categories of people she needs on her team. She encourages us all to ask: Where are my strengths as a support? and What positions do I need on my team?

We then dive into mindful self-compassion and how it helps with codependency, food, and body issues. Codependents are often vulnerable to food and body issues since we have low self-worth, self-soothe (possibly through food), then receive praise from others when we are “disciplined” or meet conventional beauty standards.

Mindful Self-Compassion, as created by Kristen Neff, involves:
Mindfulness (versus over-identification)
Common humanity

Cori breaks down how we walk through each aspect and how that helps us identify our needs then take action.

In her work with clients, Cori helps them create self-compassion through repetition, identifying emotions and needs, repeating phrases (like I’m human, it’s okay), and developing their emotional IQ. It’s all about understanding what you didn’t get in childhood then giving it to yourself.

Thanks for coming on Cori! And thank you for listening, my dear listener!


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