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The Eternal Girl: The Puella Problem in Disordered Eating
by Brooks, Brittni L., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2016, 63; 10104074
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis uses heuristic methodology to explore the connection between disordered eating and the archetype of the puella in the psyche of women. Having lived most of her life under the spell of an eating disorder, the author came to accept that part of her life’s work was to use her relationship with food to learn about herself and help other people use their challenges to live more satisfying lives. This thesis utilizes the work of Jungian analysts Marion Woodman and Linda Schierse Leonard to explore the concept of the puella and the inner dynamics of women who struggle with food and their bodies. The author presents material from her personal dreams to show how the unconscious affects waking life. This thesis helps mental health professionals to acknowledge the internal forces at play in disordered eating instead of focusing on behavior modification.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elliott, Michael
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Educational psychology, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Animus, Archetype, Disordered eating, Food addiction, Puella, Women
Publication Number: 10104074
ISBN: 978-1-339-67609-8
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