Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Depth-Psychological Exploration of Food Complexes: Origins in Disrupted Attachment and Treatment in Psychotherapy
by de Roulet, Julia Hertz, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2020, 56; 27828948
Abstract (Summary)

Through a qualitative heuristic methodology, this thesis explores the questions, How do

symptoms of early disrupted attachment contribute to the development of a food complex, and what are possible clinical interventions? The importance of early attachment, the emotional and physical connection between infant and caregiver, is well established in the psychology literature. Secure early attachment creates a psychological foundation from which the infant can start to develop an individuated identity; on the other hand, when the infant’s emotional or physical needs are not met, the resulting disrupted attachment elicits a defensive trauma response, such as the development of a self-care system or complexes. Complexes can take many forms but share consistent features such as compulsive, destructive behaviors. The thesis begins with a review of the relevant literature, and then the author presents a fictional case study, along with recommendations for clinical interventions in the psychotherapy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Young, Willow
Commitee: Walling, Joanna, Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/11(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, School counseling, Behavioral psychology
Keywords: Attachment theory, Complex trauma, Depth psychology, Disordered eating, Eating disorder, Therapy
Publication Number: 27828948
ISBN: 9798641843001
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