Molly came to see me to lose weight. Like so many women who have the same goal, she had been trying many different kinds of diets. They all provided the same results: she would lose weight initially but after a few weeks of being able to control herself, Molly would begin to eat sweet in between meals and would soon regain weight. She felt stuck in this all too typical pattern.
She had done psychoanalysis in order to find out why she would cheat on her diet with chocolates. She had, with the help of her analysts, investigated the causes of her addiction to chocolate. She had explored her dreams, childhood memories and unconscious wishes but still it was to no avail, she was as anxious to eat chocolate as ever.
She had even forbidden herself the purchase of sweets and chocolate. However, she always managed to sneak out to eat chocolate, biscuits or anything that was sweet. Then she would feel guilty and get angry at herself, but the next day she would fall into the same trap.