Wednesday, November 10, 2010

On Recovery...

For anyone interested in reading a great blog post on recovery, check this out. This piece, written by Nancy Matsumoto, is posted on Marcia Herrin and Nancy Matsumoto's blog- Eating Disorders and Nutritional News. Nancy re-caps a talk that Carolyn Costin gave at a recent conference and if you are at all asking questions about what recovery from an eating disorder looks like and how you get there, this is def worth checking out!


  1. In this article she talked about the "healthy self" and the "eating disordered self". I am wondering why this tool is used in therapy. When I was undergoing therapy this tool was used as well. I am wondering if it is easier for the brain to grasp compartmental aspects of the self rather than the bigger picture?

    This tool, while somewhat effective for me, has always made me a bit uncomfortable.

  2. I think that's a great (and complicated) question, Danielle!! I think the idea is that by externalizing the ED, one is able to see herself apart from the ED behaviors and can approach healing from ED with (hopefully) fewer feelings of powerlessness. To understand what purpose the 'ED self' serves (again hopefully) can help to eliminate the need for it, as the healthy self can ultimately play the role that the ED serves, just in a healthy, effective way. There's more to it than this, but I hope this helps a little!