A modern psychoanalytic approach to the treatment of anorexia nervosa
In this dissertation, the pre-oedipal aspects of anorexia nervosa are examined from a modern psychoanalytic orientation. The quality of early object relations is examined in the context of the infant’s ability to self-regulate and discharge aggression. The hypothesis is that individuals with anorexia nervosa were unconsciously discouraged from discharging aggressive feelings externally in the relationship with early caregivers, leaving these individuals with an overabundance of internalized rage and hatred in the service of preserving the relied upon object. This dissertation explores the possible benefits of working through a discordant transference while simultaneously fostering regenerative experiences in the transference for individuals with anorexia. Modern psychoanalytic theory and techniques are discussed as potentially useful methods to both conceptualize and treat anorexia nervosa.