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In These Times: Speaking for the mind

Anorexia: emotions & mind

  • E16
  • 29:02
  • February 20th 2022

It's not about weight loss. It's not about body dysmorphia. It's not about relapses. What are the psychological roots of the anorectic?

Previn Karian discusses the structures of mind that lead to the prevalence of anorexia in young girls and women. What is required is an emotional space where the anorectic can begin to connect with their feelings. This can be a surprise.

Whilst anorexia is a protest against something in the family system, it conflicts with a deep love of the family. Self-persecution through food phobia, the dominant emotion of fear, the need to be invisible yet wanting to be seen, the relentless logic of torment, are all explained by Karian as the emotional chaos in the anorexia world.

Karian illuminates how talking therapies help the anorectic client to give their feelings a voice, make sense of the persecution from parents, peers or society, and connect with their own feelings, their own will, their own desires and their own mind.

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