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 psychoanalyst works in the Adult Department of the Tavistock Clinic and in private practice. She has for many years specilaised in work with patients with eating disorders, both in her psychoanalytic work and in her teaching and consultancy. Her published works include 'The Anorexic Experience, Fed up andHungry and Fighting Food.In addition to her work on eating disorders, she is currently Course Director of the Foundation Course in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic and Director of Publications at the Institute of Psychoanalysis.

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