Overcoming Gluttony as One of the Seven Deadly Sins

Referring to my original post about the seven deadly sins, the second of the great sins is known as Gluttony. In the post “Origins of the Seven Deadly Sins“, I described Gluttony as:

GluttonyLatin: Gula, Animal: Pig, Colour: Orange

Gluttony is when something is consumed in excess. It is usually associated with eating too much but can be applied to excess of other things too, as opposed to greed, which is the desire to have power over others. Gluttony specifically implies misuse of own body, hence overeating causes health issues as well as excess body fat.

Gluttony as 1 of the 7 Deadly Sins

Gluttony as 1 of the 7 Deadly Sins

So what exactly is GLUTTONY?

As described above, although gluttony appears to mean something similar to greed, there is a significant difference. Gluttony differs from greed in the sense that it simply means using something which result in self harm or abuse. Examples of this being when we eat too much we cause health issues to arise within our own body. Greed would imply that we have caused harm to another person.

Various Definitions of Gluttony:

  • Derived from Latin “gluttire – meaning to gulp or swallow
  • Gluttony is over indulgence spilling into the wasteful
  • Excessive urge for food and withholding from needy
  • A form of selfishness as it entails, in Christian terms, excessive need of food
  • Also implies selfishness as gluttony is something concerned with the self and overlooking the needs of those around you

Why is Gluttony classed as a Sin and by Whom?

In religious terms, gluttony is sinful as it concentrates on a selfish need for food to the extent of excluding the needs of those around you. When you indulge in gluttony, you overlook your soul by ignoring the need to help others. Indulging in gluttony therefore erodes the soul.

Gluttony compared to other emotions of Greed and Selfishness

Gluttony to an extent is selfishness and greed. But it also differs from greed and selfishness. Although eating excessively is purely selfish and greedy, it does not harm another individual’s health, only your own. So in this respect, gluttony is harmful because it impacts the way you live your own life.

Overcoming Gluttony: 

  • Consider the difference between real hunger and a feeling of trying to fill an emptiness that needs to be fulfilled in other ways. Are you missing something in life and turning to food as a substitute? Find out if your hunger is physical or if it is in your soul, craving fulfillment.
  • Are you consuming nutritious food or simply gulping down whatever comes your way? Before consuming anything ask yourself if this food is beneficial for your health in terms of mind body and soul. Respect your body and give it what it needs instead of overindulging.
  • Do you find yourself on some kind of diet plan that you are unable to keep up with? Associate with the right types of people who encourage you to remain positive as this motivates you to keep control of your eating habits. Create new eating habits.
  • Try out fasting as this will allow you to have better control over your eating habits. Fasting also helps you to become less self-centred as you feel empathy for those who are less fortunate than you. Fasting is also beneficial in that it is healing. Learn to say no to food by fasting.
  • Replace turning to food as a comfort factor when you feel down. Deal with issues such as stress and depression as they may lead to overeating. Have a plan for what you will do when you do feel down. Try a hobby that will help alter your mood. Even watching a comedy, reading or even listening to music can help instead of comfort eating.
  • Consuming too much food is an addiction like drugs or smoking. Deal with this addiction appropriately. Divert your thoughts when you find yourself lingering on the idea of food. Thoughts can easily be overtaken by the imagination which is fired up by desire, followed quickly with the actual action of eating.

So now that you know all about gluttony, you can begin to manage it positively!

The Seven Deadly Sins Series

This begins with “Origins of the Seven Deadly Sins

1. Overcoming Lust as One of the Seven Deadly Sins  |  3. Overcoming Greed as One of the Seven Deadly Sins |  4. Overcoming Sloth as One of the Seven Deadly Sins | 5. Overcoming Wrath as One of the Seven Deadly Sins |  6. Overcoming Envy as One of the Seven Deadly Sins |  7. Overcoming Pride as One of the Seven Deadly Sins |

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Love They Say Poem by Anisa Khan

That so called love they say

I possess the feeling of neglect. I feel the anger burning inside me ripping into shreds and worthless pieces

Yet here I still stand waiting for something to appear, something magical, something rare that would urge me to leave and run from this fear.

Far and beyond

I know it’s hard to remember as I don’t seem to forget, I still see the hatred and spilled blood before my tired, listless eyes.

I wish to forget as the others did, but it seems now they live beyond my reach.

I would like to see and live the world I see not, but the image of the one I had once.

I recall blue light with greenery surrounding my nights, but I see the night

Now the sun says goodbye and leaves for its adventures in paradise

Now I forget yesterday giving my love that was so easily given away

Where has the time gone?

Who were we once? The waiting of the night’s so called love, now I see dark with no light

I see no happy ever after

That so called love they say.

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Love They Say Image

By Anisa Khan

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The Five Points of Leadership and Power by French and Raven

What is Power?

In its basic terminology, power refers to the influence you have over the behaviour of another person. Undeniably we all possess a degree of power. However, it is a matter of distinguishing how much, or more specifically, what type of power each of us has.

French and Raven's 5 star Points of Power

French and Raven’s 5 star Points of Power

According to researchers, in particular, French and Raven (1959), there are 5 points of power an individual possesses in order to influence another person – hence the 5 points of the star diagram.

These researchers identified the main types of power, as illustrated in the diagram, as well as identifying the sixth one which was added later by Raven.

Legitimate Power: Encourages Compliance

The formal power given to an individual in lieu of their hierarchical role: e.g. President, Prime Minister, Head-Teacher etc. These types of roles hold expectations of an individual to comply with the power used. People obey this person simply because of their position in society. This type of power is easily lost and is not related to personality of individual in power.

Legitimate power makes an individual feel obliged and responsible. Reward and punishment are both used by the formal leaders. As this type of power is not strong enough to influence people, it is not usually the only type that can be used by a leader to rely upon.

Reward Power: Encourages Compliance

The person in power has the ability to request compliance from an individual through means of a reward system. This control over the reward system includes aspects such as wages, food, co-operation etc. This powerful person may even do trade favours with an individual.

The most common types of reward are offering raises and promotions. But when such rewards have been used up, the power weakens. Also the individual may lack motivation and become dissatisfied, thus the reward needs to be increased each time it is offered.

The rewards types are further divided into 2 groups

  1. Impersonal such as food, shelter and other necessities for survival.
  2. Personal such as the compliments, smiling and promises of acceptance.

Coercive Power: Encourages Resistance

This is fear based power. Individuals with this type of power have the ability to make life difficult for those who do not comply with their requests or orders. People with this type of power use punishment as a means of achieving control. For example if an individual does not comply then there is a threat of withdrawal of rewards and in extreme cases even dismissal.

Although the power role holds significance, it appears that the type of punishment is also dependant on the personality of the role player in power. Individuals fear resisting the power authority or getting these powerful types of people angry as it can have dire consequences.

This form of power demands compliance and can even resort to abuse to attain it. As a result of this forceful power, a lot of negativity and resentment can build up in the minds of individual being influenced by coercive power.

Expert Power: Encourages Commitment

This is based on an individual possessing special knowledge, skills and expertise. For example: Doctors, Electricians and Teachers. Their respect is earned by virtue of their specialist knowledge and skill and this respect also helps to build trust in the authority figure. When it is perceived that an individual holds so much respectable knowledge, people give these people the power due their superior knowledge. This type of power is closely related to employee performance.

Referent Power: Encourages Commitment

This type of power is individual based and is specifically applicable to the person’s personal qualities such as their charisma and charm. Due to the warm personality this type of leader is likely to evoke feelings of admiration from others.

People known to you personally have this type of influence over you such as parents and friends. Many great leaders have been known to use their personality to influence the crowds. Also this type of power is most commonly found in celebrities and even military figures.

Informational Power

To expand this 5 point list later (1965), Raven came up with Informational Power. This is closely related to “Expert Power” in that it refers specifically to being able to provide information to other people to cause them to act in a new way. This form of power potentially utilizes information so that it can be used to manipulate and control by abusing the way the power is used such as falsifying it or keeping it a secret or sharing it with certain people.

These points of power are all probably recognized by you. Identify the ones that you use and see if you can improve on the ones that you are weak in. When used wisely, these 5 points can improve immensely the ability to use your power effectively.

Remember any form of power can be legitimately used as well as abused so always use whatever influence you have over others wisely.

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