Biting the Hand That Starves You: Inspiring Resistance to Anorexia/Bulimia

Biting the Hand That Starves You: Inspiring Resistance to Anorexia/Bulimia

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This important book immediately draws the reader into the world of those struggling with anorexia/bulimia (a/b), whose stories, poems, and first-person accounts expose the 'voice' of these deadly problems.

The authors' decade-and-a-half collaboration with 'insiders' has yielded fresh answers to these life and death questions: How does a/b seduce and terrorize girls and women? Why is a/b successful in encouraging girls and women to unwittingly embrace their would-be murderer? How can such a murderer be exposed and thwarted? This book details a unique way of thinking and speaking about anorexia/bulimia. By having conversations with insiders in which the problem is viewed as an external influence rather than a part of the person, these therapists show how to bring the tactics of a/b into the open, expose its deceptions, break its spell, and encourage defiance of its tyrannical rule. These innovations enable insiders, professionals, and loved ones to unite against anorexia/bulimia rather than allowing a/b to pit a professional or loved one against an insider, and the insider against herself. Coercion is sidestepped in favor of practices that are collaborative, accountable and spirit-nurturing. The groundbreaking discoveries outlined in this book will provide new options, inspiration and hope, not only for those who suffer at anorexia's hands, but also for their loved ones and healthcare professionals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393703375
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/18/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 880,855
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Richard Maisel, Ph.D. is an adjunct professor at Alliant International University in San Francisco and maintains a private practice in Berkeley and Walnut Creek, California. He has published and presented extensively on narrative therapy and anorexia/bulimia.

David Epston, M.A., C.Q.S.W. is coauthor of Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends (1990) and Playful Approaches to Serious Problems (1997). He is a visiting professor at the School of Community Studies, UNITEC Institute of Technology in Auckland, and is the codirector of the Family Therapy Centre in Auckland.

Ali Borden, M.A., M.F.T. is the Assistant Clinical Director at the Monte Nido Treatment Center, a residential facility in Los Angeles for women fighting Anorexia and Bulimia. Ali has successfully battled with anorexia/bulimia in her own life.

Table of Contents

Part 1The Seduction and Imprisonment17
1.The Seductive Voice of Anorexia/Bulimia19
2.From Captivated to Captive: Anorexia/Bulimia as Prison and Jailer29
3.First It Saves Your Life, Then It Kills You: Emily's Story43
4.Becoming an Angel: Maggie's Story56
5.The Devil's Smile: Jennifer's Story59
6.Saving a Life: Anorexia's Story About Kristen66
Part 2Turning Against Anorexia/Bulimia73
7.Manners of Speaking75
8.Breaking the Spell of Anorexia/Bulimia90
9.Ten Voices Against One: Tracy's Story106
10.I Wanna Be Good: A Conversation with Margaret117
Part 3Reclaiming One's Life From Anorexia/Bulimia133
11.Unmasking and Defying Anorexia/Bulimia135
12.Constructing Anti-Anorexic/Bulimic Lifestyles163
13.Comebacks and Retreats177
14.Living Life From the Inside Out: A Conversation with Amy192
15.Anorexia's Soldiers: Another Conversation with Margaret213
Part 4Becoming an Anti-Anorexic/Bulimic Ally235
16.Parents as Anti-Anorexic/Bulimic Allies237
17.Lighting a Torch in the Great Darkness of Anorexia: Ann and Richard's Story252
18.Toward Spirit-Nourishing Approaches274

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