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Day 28: Symptom Substitution 0

Day 28: Symptom Substitution

October 4, 2021: Symptom substitution is when a person substitutes something bad (over eating) for something else bad (smoking) as a means of stopping the first behavior (over eating.) Symptom substitution is a Freudian term that describes someone who got fixated, in my case, at the oral stage of development, hence my past overeating and current smoking addiction. In a nut shell, Freud would say that I did not successfully progress through this stage, and that’s how I got fixated. It could’ve been worse, there is an…well, let’s just say other worse stages of development I could have gotten fixated...