How dramatherapy can help improve self-image and self-esteem

Working with overweight and obese women in dramatherapy groups was the theme of my PhD research. Initially, I had considered tackling the problem of eating disorders, but being too broad a subject area I narrowed it down to overweight and obese women. I gave it no more thought until my supervisor asked me why, on a personal level, I had chosen this subject. My immediate answer had been that I have always considered myself slightly overweight. However, this did not seem to be a good enough reason. Then, it occurred to me. My English grandmother, Granny Molly! She had been overweight and had died in her early sixties from a heart attack, possibly as a result of being overweight. My granny Molly was ‘larger than life’, boisterous, outrageous and bustling with life, and was always pressing the most delicious food on everyone. And, of course, I loved her, and her food, dearly.

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The Objectified Body as a Transitional Object in Anorexia and Body Dysmorphic Disorders

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False Bodies, True Selves: Moving Beyond Appearance-Focused Identity Struggles and Returning the the True Self is a book embedded in Donald Winnicott’s idea of the false self and true Self. Winnicott, an English paediatrician and psychoanalyst writing in the 1950s and 60s, described the development of a false self within the mother-infant relationship when the infant’s spontaneous impulses are met with non-acceptance.

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That’s the catch when you stop eating food starts to eat you

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Writing The Rustle of a Wing: Finding Hope Beyond Anorexia has been both a challenge and a chance to take something good out of the misery inflicted by my anorexia.  I want it to reach out to sufferers, those that care for them and also professionals involved in treating this wretched addiction.

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