Eating Disorders and Magical Control of the Body

Treatment Through Art Therapy

By Mary Levens

© 1995 – Routledge

160 pages

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About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Magic 2. Magic and Eating 3. Magical Control of the Body 4. Body Boundaries in Eating Disordered Patients 5. Eating and the Body and Eating the Body 6. Body Boundaries in Relation to Art 7. Art and Psychic Cannibalism 8. The Therapeutic Relationship 8. Why Art? Conclusion

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY028000
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSY036000
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health