A hermeneutic phenomenological methodology was used to collect data in order to understand and explain eating disorders from a psychosomatic perspective. The following chapters of this dissertation include a comprehensive overview of psychoanalytic literature on psychosomatics and eating disorders, a methodology chapter, a presentation of the findings extrapolated from the literature reviewed, and implications of the findings. The implications of the findings provide evidence that eating disorders are the product of psyche-soma splitting that occurs during infancy when there is not proper maternal investment, instigating a rejection of the foreign body that emerges during puberty. Due to the lack of mind-body integration in infancy, psyche-soma splitting often leads to the emergence of disordered eating and/or psychosomatic illness in adolescence. When the mind and body split in such a way the unmentalized psychic material is forced to split off into the body and the body becomes a theater for psychic material. This psychic material is experienced in the body as borderline states in which the body acts as a moving border to protect against psychic invasion. Healing the psyche-soma split involves experiencing preverbal states through transference and countertransference in analysis and over time transforming preverbal states into language.
|Commitee:||Lewis, Christine, Rounds, Edward|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 81/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Clinical psychology, Psychology, Behavioral Sciences|
|Keywords:||Borderline, Clinical psychology, Eating disorders, Psychoanalytic, Psychology, Psychosomatics|
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