The Anorexic Mind

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Karnac Books, 2008 - Psychology - 143 pages
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Anorexia and all eating disorders alike affect fundamental relationships between individuals and their bodies. This book portrays the eternal pain of the anorexic mind. Marilyn Lawrence traces the psychological origins of anorexia and discusses the fallacy of the ideal weight, size and shape that some women in anguish may compulsively seek.

She also discusses current treatments and therapies to help the individual recognize anorexia and recover from it. From her viewpoint treating anorexia in medical modern practice is more than curing eating disorders; it has become a foray into uncharted psychological and emotional areas.

The Anorexic Mind is unique; eye-opening and essential reading for those wishing to understand the life difficulties of women who suffer from eating disorders, but also a guide for those wishing to tackle the conflicts that underpin anorexia.

This is a wise and profound approach to women's psychology and relationship both towards their body and eating habits. Offering new perspectives this is a recommended book for the general public, practitioners and their students.

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Historical perspectives and contemporary debates
Eating disorders and object relations
The sexual and emotional development of girls
Anorexia and femininity
Life and death
Concluding thoughts and future speculations

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Marilyn Lawrence is a Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis. She works in the Adult Department of the Tavistock Clinic and in private practice in London. She has a long-standing interest in eating disorders, as well as in gender and sexual development. Her published works include 'The Anorexic Experience' (1984), 'Fed Up and Hungry' (1989), and 'Fighting Food' (1990). She is currently Programme Director of the Foundation Course in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and is Director of Publications at the Institute of Psychoanalysis.

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