(Un)wanted Feelings in Anorexia Nervosa: Making the Visceral Body Mine Again

Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 28 (1):67-69 (2021)
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Abstract

In my article "Controlling the noise," I present a phenomenological investigation of bodily experience in anorexia nervosa. Turning to descriptions of those who have suffered from AN, which repeatedly detail the experience of finding their bodies threatening, out of control and noisy, I suggest that the phenomenological conceptions of body-as-object, body-as-subject and visceral body can help us unpack the complex bodily experience of AN throughout its various stages. My claim is that self-starvation is enacted by a bodily-subject who wishes to quell or reassert authority over a visceral body whose demands and needs she finds threatening to her autonomy.The relationship between body-as-object and...

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Lucy Osler
Cardiff University

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