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The Owl Was a Baker's Daughter: Obesity, Anorexia Nervosa, and the Repressed Feminine (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts #4)

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Eye-opening insights into the body as mirror of the psyche in eating disorders and weight disturbances. Case studies and practical procedures emphasize the integration of the body and soul.
Paperback, 139 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Inner City Books (first published December 1980)
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Barbara Klaser
Jul 14, 2012 Barbara Klaser rated it it was amazing
I took a couple of months to read The Owl Was a Baker's Daughter by Marion Woodman. I'm not sure why it took me so long, but I think it had to do with finally realizing what a victim of stress I allowed myself to be for my entire adult life, going from a skinny kid and teen to a fat middle-aged adult and wondering all the while why I could no longer keep weight off, and why at my most "successful" monetarily, I was my most overweight and most unhappy.

What occurred to me though, and angered me, w
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mdmcreative
Apr 17, 2016 mdmcreative rated it it was amazing
Patriarchy's effects on the feminine, with one of the results being eating disorders.
I think we can clearly see this so prominent in today's society, and it affects both men and women.
Amé
I decided to read this book out of interest in understanding the depth psychology motives for bulimia. Unfortunately there was no reference to it in this book which despite its many merits I found very hard going. Marion Woodman is an analyst and writer of tremendous experience and insight but I found her approach to both conditions (clearly obesity got more stage time) very convoluted and was left with more questions than answers. It is always worth reading for the valuable analytical work on t ...more
AK Anderson
Aug 09, 2015 AK Anderson rated it it was amazing
Part of the Jungian analyst series - so it's for analysts by analysts - and can get a little heady. this isn't the first of these I've read for my research. I wish she had gone more into her conclusions and the work the women needed to do to come out of it, also, since this is from 1980, I'd love to see this work revisited.
Elyssa
Oct 03, 2007 Elyssa rated it liked it
Recommends it for: therapists
Shelves: psychology
I read this for a Treatment of Eating Disorders class in graduate school. The author is considered an eating disorder expert. Her concepts are based in Jungian theory and her interesting perspective blends well with more traditional theories and treatment approaches to eating disorders.
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Nov 16, 2008 Selkie rated it liked it
The book can tend to get a bit lofty in places, but I can really empathize with the women that participated in the study. Although I do not suffer the same condition, it still wretches the heart to read. The book deals more with obesity & compulsive eating more than anorexia or bulimia.
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Marion Woodman is a Canadian mythopoetic author and women's movement figure. She is a Jungian analyst trained at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland. She is one of the most widely read authors on feminine psychology, focusing on psyche and soma. She is also an international lecturer and poet. Her collection of audio and visual lectures, correspondence, and manuscripts are housed at OPU ...more
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