Learning to let go of disordered eating.
This blog is a spinoff from my Psychology Today blog of the same name, established in 2009. As PT grows more restrictive, I’m migrating my longer-form content to this site. The blog (in both locations!) explores what it’s like to have anorexia nervosa and to recover from it, emphasising the crucial role of behaviour change (relearning how to eat) as the fulcrum between psychological and physiological healing. My posts link the personal experience (mine and what I’ve learned of other people’s) with the scientific research, and trace the connections between anorexia and the rest of life, from career and friendship to sex and sport. You can find out more about the original blog, including a full list of posts by theme, here. Or explore the new homegrown collection below.
Help shape the future of an unpublished book about recovery from anorexia. A new study investigates the effects of reading a book about recovery from anorexia designed specifically to encourage positive therapeutic effects and discourage harmful responses. I’m excited to announce an opportunity to take part in an experiment investigating how reading habits and eating…
How to optimize the optimization process that is recovery from anorexia. If you prefer, you can find abridged versions of the three parts in this miniseries on Psychology Today starting here. Part 1: Introducing cost functions and their limitations “Optimizing for” something has a simple colloquial meaning of setting things up to get as much…
I’m a researcher, writer, and coach, and also run a writing programme for Oxford University. My academic research focuses on the psychological effects of reading narrative, including on health.
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