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Sensing the Self: Women's Recovery from Bulimia

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Hearing about the destructive compulsion of bulimia nervosa, outsiders may wonder, "How could you ever start?" Those suffering from the eating disorder ask themselves in despair, "How can I ever stop?" How do you break the cycle of bingeing, vomiting, laxative abuse, and shame? While many books describe the descent into eating disorders and the resulting emotional and phys ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published October 15th 2002 by Harvard University Press (first published January 1st 2001)
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Shruti
May 03, 2011 Shruti rated it it was ok
An interesting decision to batch the narratives of recovering bulimics as components of psychological disturbance and later, pillars of (successful) recovery. Might have appreciated the effort more had these stories retained some sense of continuity rather than becoming spare parts for clinical/diagnostic reasoning, though I think I understand the rationale nonetheless.

Enjoyed a few of the narrative analogies, for example, to Beauty and the Beast, as I found these appropriately supportive for ab
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Olwen
Jan 06, 2017 Olwen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: counselling
It's taken me over two years to get through this book. It's full of heart felt personal experiences, first-person descriptions of what it's like to experience and recover from bulimia. Heartily recommended for any counsellor working from a client-centered perspective.
Lily
Apr 12, 2012 Lily rated it it was amazing
This is the most helpful book on bulimia. Its written by a Harvard professor, I emailed with her after I read it, she's great. This book is really important just for information even if you're not on a recovery path.
Amy
Feb 02, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfict, own
A wonderful, sensitive, informative book based on several women with lots of quotes.

I just acquired this book. I highly, highly recommend it to anyone who has ever struggled with eating issues. I'm happy to loan it out.
Linda
Nov 18, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
Amazing book.
Katie
Nov 02, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it
One of the better books on the topic.
Kate
Jul 28, 2008 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sex-gen, psych
Reindl's observation of recovering bulimics asks us to revise the standard conception of the Self as an object, and instead consider it as a process.
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“A bulimic person's shame may lead her to try to hide not only her eating-disorder behaviors but also her basic needs and yearnings. She may wish that her needs and desires did not exist and may try to act as if she does not need or want anything or anyone. When that attempt inevitably fails, she may wish that others could magically read her mind and respond to her needs and wants without her having to ask for anything. To avoid the shame of expressing her needs and desires, she turns to food, rather than relationships, for comfort".” 15 likes
“A bulimic person may be so disconnected from her experience that she does not even know what she needs or wants. If she does not know, needing something or someone only confirms her sense that she is weak and inadequate. She believes her needs are not legitimate, and therefore finds it difficult to seek care or engage with any care she does manage to seek. In fact, she is likely to greet others' expressions of concern with contempt, the very contempt with which she views herself".” 13 likes
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