Anorexia Nervosa (AN) can be explained as arising from a ‘lost sense of emotional self.’ Reviewing evidence accumulated to date supporting the consensus that a complex range of genetic, biological, psychological, and socio-environmental risk and maintenance factors contribute to the development and maintenance of AN. Many risk and maintenance factors may be unified by an underpinning explanation of emotional processing difficulties leading to a lost sense of ‘emotional self.’ Once established, AN becomes ‘self-perpetuating’ and the ‘lost sense of emotional self’ relentlessly deepens. This 2 Hour CE course will explore in detail, drawing on empirical and neuroscientific data, before discussing the implications of the lost sense of emotional self-model for understanding AN and informing clinical intervention. Experiential models of therapy (e.g., emotion-focused therapy; schema therapy) are suggested to be employed to achieve emergence and integration of an ‘emotional self’ which can be flexibly and adaptively used to direct an individual’s needs and relationships.
Bryan Glazier, PhD, LMFT, LMHC
Anorexia Nervosa and a Lost Emotional Self: A Psychological Formulation of the Development, Maintenance, and Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa
Oldershaw, A., Startup, H., & Lavender, T. (2019). Anorexia Nervosa and a Lost Emotional Self: A Psychological Formulation of the Development, Maintenance, and Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa. Frontiers in psychology, 10, 219. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00219
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- Review the Current Perspectives, Models and Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa.
- Examine the Emotional Difficulties in Anorexia Nervosa.
- Explore the Development of Anorexia Nervosa
- Introduce the Perception of the Decreasing Self
- Propose the development of Psychological Interventions based on the “Lost Emotional Self” Theory.