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

1st Edition

Mary Levens

Routledge
Published September 28, 1995
Reference - 160 Pages
ISBN 9780415122177 - CAT# RU13474

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Summary

People with eating disorders often make desparate attempts to exert magical control over their bodies in response to the threats they experienced in relationships. Mary Levens takes the reader into the realm of magical thinking and its effect on ideas about eating and the body through a sensitive exploration of the images patients create in art therapy, in which themes of cannibalism constantly recur. Drawing on anthropology, religion and literature as well as psychoanalysis, she discusses the significance of these images and their implications for treatment of patients with eating disorders.

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