You, Me, Empathy - Episode 78: How Vulnerability, Empathy, and Inward Looking Saved My Life

Trigger Warning: For those who struggle with eating disorders or body image, there are some triggering words in this episode.

On Episode 78 of You, Me, Empathy, Tony the Therapist interviews me about my struggle with Anorexia, why I needed to change my heart, and how vulnerability, empathy, and inward looking saved my life.

On episode 78 of You, Me, Empathy, Non Wels shares how vulnerability, empathy, and inward looking saved his life.

This is a very special episode! The tables turn, and Tony, my friend and psychotherapist, interviews me! I share the whole, detailed picture of my eating disorder story, including where it began, and how it nearly killed me. I explore feeling lost and alone as a teenager, dealing with self-esteem issues, troubles connecting with school, and not fitting in.

In my struggle with Anorexia, I worked as a salmon fisherman in Alaska and studied abroad in Swansea, Wales where the eating disorder really took hold in a vicious way. We also talked about my mediating my parents’ marriage, building my Heart-Guard, not feeling like I could self-actualize or create my identity, feeling out of control, growing up in a very health-conscious household, the heart-felt gestures that helped to save me, and so much more.

I hope you enjoy this episode! If you liked it, or relate to it, please let me know by commenting below or connecting with me on Instagram @YouMeEmpathy.

Oh, and I talk about having a breakthrough with my mom in this episode, which actually came months before the incident I shared in Episode 74 on validation. Still processing that pain.

And check out the blog post I wrote in conjunction with this episode over at Mental Health America: “A Boy, His Anorexia, and the Heart That Saved His Life.”

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Anthony Ramynke is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, license number LMFT47805.

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