This paper attempts to identify the unique way in which women who have recovered from bulimia nervosa (BN) describe their recovery process. This is a qualitative study, based on in-depth interviews with twelve women who have recovered from BN. Analysis of the interviews reveals that the women use metaphoric language to describe their recovery as a sharp transition transformation is described using three archetypal protagonists who embody three dimensions of change: the Self, the Bulimia, and the Environment. The recovery experience that emerges from the interviews is a complex and polarized one, encompassing a perception of achievement and victory over the disorder, coupled with a contradictory view of the Bulimia as chronic disorder. The findings of the research are discussed in reference to object relations theory and the use of the splitting mechanism.
|Title of host publication||Treatment and Recovery of Eating Disorders|
|Editors||D. Stein, Y. Latzer, J. Merrick|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||14|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2013|
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- Bulimia nervosa
- Eating disorders
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychology (all)