I belong to various groups on Linked In, some of which I participate in, some of which scare me but I love to read and some of which I generally ignore because they are full of s@$t. Recently, I did notice that one group, whom I generally ignore, have been commenting a lot on this particularly good article from a couple of weeks ago, so I thought I would investigate.
In some ways, I wish I hadn't because it is full of, quite frankly, prehistoric guff and self-righteous indignation all rolled into pseudo-scientific justification - or as I like to call it, casting slurs on someone you have never met's parenting and then trying to defend the indefensible. One of the loudest voices actually advertises herself thus:
My treatment approach is "object relations" which focuses on gaining insight into how we've internalized important people in our lives, and how we use food to deal (or not) with these people in our internal worlds
What the heck does that actually mean?
Anyway, the joy of this whole thing is that you do not have to be a member of Linked In to read this discussion. You can Google:
Eating disorders in very young children: good piece on ABC news
or just follow this link.
What I am interested to know is:
- Do you think that the child's eating disorder had anything at all to do with her adoption?
- Do you think the child's parents had something to do with her mean voice?
- Does Stockholm Syndrome have anything to do with eating disorders?
- Does psychoanalysis really deal with the unconscious?
- Does psychoanalysis have any useful function in this day and age or is it so damaged by the blatant misuses and transgressions in the past, that it is a tainted therapy?
- Is leaving the unconscious unattended damaging? (And what does that even mean?)
- Does a 9 year old really communicate her defence against the loss of her biological parents through controlling her nurturing?
- Is anorexia a choice for a 9 year old?
- Is evidence based science a reductionist concept?
- Should we be relying on clinical observations to find an answer for eating disorders?
- Am I projecting my own issues on to this discussion?
Before answering these questions, it is well worth reading this because I like cherries....