KimT is really on to something. It's like excons who re-offend deliberately to get back to the only environment they know how to function in. I've seen people do that in other ways too. Succeeding means taking personal responsibility, launching into the unknown, FACING THE POSSIBILITY OF TRYING AND FAILING, when they have life as it is all figured out. That can be very scary for people. People in general, especially after becoming adults, actively resist change until the status quo has become too painful to bear. It has been a huge battle for me to at once learn to live with the limitations of chronic fatigue and yet not accept them as inevitable. If I don't accept the limitations, I push too hard and do more damage than good. If I do accept them, I am doomed to never get better. The space between the two is very narrow. And maybe these people are facing their own psychological tightrope. If they're not even conscious of it, it is that much more frightening, so they retreat into the known.
5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again
More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
- Lewis Mumford