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This insightful book is well written and free of the tedious jargon that plagues many books about psychoanalysis. Writing from the perspective of an active practitioner, the author advances a standard of excellence on many plains: 1) an in-depth description and clarification about current relational psychoanalysis approaches in contrast to earlier theories; 2) a thorough body of research that evidences the potential effectiveness of psychoanalysis as a viable treatment for eating disorders; and 3) the astute application of clinical experience enlivened by poignant and relevant case examples to support her conclusions. While outstanding and full of merit, these elements are not what distinguishes this book as a stand out in current literature. It is the addition of an introspective fourth dimension where Dr. Nina generously shares her own analytical and emotional responses to patient interactions. This approach humanizes the book and offers valuable insights that inform the patient-analyst dynamic in a way that elucidates the benefits of counter-transference and authenticity for the ultimate success of therapy.
An exemplary book by a thought and practice pioneer in this field Andrea Kobliner | Amazon Verified Purchaser
The internal dynamics of an eating disorder make it challenging for friends and families to fully appreciate. Support systems are kept at bay and will often walk on eggshells in order to do the “right thing,” in spite of not knowing what that “right thing,” might be. Nina Savelle-Rocklin’s book is a welcome portal into the hearts and minds of those in the clutches of an eating disorder — it is particularly effective because of the first person narratives as well as Rocklin’s very clear and compelling “storytelling” in a voice that doesn’t pander but still manages to simplify the complex. If you are close to someone whose eating disorder has taken over — or if you are working through your own challenges in relation to food and body image — this is an insightful work of great empathy written by a professional with extensive experience. Savelle-Rocklin tackles the topic from a number of angles – many of which are seldom addressed in less nuanced works on the subject.
Shines an important light on a very internal struggle Rochelle | Amazon Verified Purchaser
This book presents the reader with a sophisticated and clear understanding of how problems with eating can reveal and express a wide variety of personal conflicts and interruptions in development. Through clear and instructive presentations of her clinical work with patients combined with an expert understanding of psychoanalytic theory and treatment, Dr. Savelle-Rocklin has contributed a book which is both accessible and illuminating. Bravo.
Accessible and Illuminating Newton | Amazon Verified Purchaser
This book is very well written and highly accessible even though it also scholarly–built on a solid foundation of psychoanalytic research. Food for Thought shows that Dr. Savelle-Rocklin is a clinician who cares deeply about the people she’s helping. She brings her knowledge of psychoanalytic theory to life in a way that in informative and, ultimately, hopeful
Accessible and Illuminating Arthur Asa Berger | Amazon Verified Purchaser
I was hesitant to buy this book because I wasn’t sure if you had to be a therapist to understand it, and I’m so glad I gave it a shot ( I normally only write reviews when they’re negative, but I had to say something because this book is so amazing). This book is about more than eating disorders. The author really gives you a peek into the lives of people who struggle and helps you understand why they develop issues with food and weight. It’s a compassionate perspective, an interesting and easy read, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about eating disorders or mental health in general.
And I’m so glad I gave it a shot Amazon Customer
Food for Thought:
Perspectives on Eating Disorders
Food for Thought offers fresh psychoanalytic insights into treating clients with eating disorders. In lively and jargon-free language, Nina Savelle-Rocklin breaks down the psychoanalytic approach to give practitioners and general readers alike a deeper understanding of the theory and effective treatment of eating disorders to achieve lasting change and true healing.
A superb book
I always resisted calling my bulimia more than just a bad habit. Until I read Food for Thought. The book dispelled my resistance dramatically to delving deeper into the origins of my disordered eating patterns.
Dr. Savelle-Rocklin states: "Bulimia is a symptom that contains and expresses a plethora of meanings; it can be understood as a defense against painful emotional experience, an expression of ambivalence, an attempt at mastery, and a means of self-regulation."
That is only a taste of the mind-blowing tidbits of information sprinkled throughout Food for Thought, many of which are drawn from examples of different patients battling with eating, weight and body image.
I have a ton of books on my bookshelves. But this is one I keep close.