Eating Disorders and Magical Control of the Body: Treatment Through Art Therapy

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1995-11-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Eating Disorders and Magical Control of the Bodyinvestigates the thought processes of patients and explores the effect these thoughts have on eating and the body through a sensitive exploration of the images patients create in art therapy. Topics covered include the concept of "magical thinking," a term used by Jean Piaget, and its relationship to the wider concept of magic; ideas around art, psychic cannibalism and art therapy; and the different ways of approaching the difficulties inherent in working with eating disordered patients.

Author Biography

Mary Levens is a psychodrama psychotherapist and art therapist at Atkinson Morley's Hospital, London.

Table of Contents

Introduction to magicp. 1
Magic and eatingp. 17
Magical control of the bodyp. 25
Body boundaries in patients with eating disordersp. 35
Eating and the body and eating the bodyp. 49
Body boundaries with relation to artp. 67
Art and psychic cannibalismp. 79
The therapeutic relationshipp. 87
Why art?p. 103
Conclusionp. 117
Referencesp. 131
Indexp. 135
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