I think the thing about plateaus and the whole weight loss thing in general is one of remaining in control.
We have all managed to eat way too much to have put the weight on in the first place. Getting it off requires some serious lifestyle changes and those have not been easy to make.
For the first time ever, I actually am in control of my appetite. Previously, had I been put on a 1000 cal diet, I would have freaked out, been hungry, suffering the effects of low blood sugar, headaches and as moody as hell a week in. Here I am two weeks in, eating around 1000-1200 cals a day and I'm feeling fine.
The problem with plateaus is that they can be very discouraging, they actually make you question whether it is all worth the effort you are putting into dieting. Remaining in control really does help. I gave up weighing, preferring to use the mirror, the fit of my clothes and if I really want to look at something physical, measurements taken with a tape measure.
Even if I am not losing any weight at this time, I trust my body to adjust and take the weight down when the time is right. Besides, all this calories in less calories burned relates to weight gain/loss is not an exact science, if anything, we really know very little about the actual mechanism. Eat an apple with a calorie value of 100 and 100 cals of HFCS and try to tell me that the values are the same, because they are not.
Being in control helps me to not go on binge eating sessions, not to make the wrong food choices and to eat what my body needs as opposed to what my eyes can see. I also can actually taste the food I am eating and I enjoy what I do eat.