I'm also seeing in many eating disorder clients a past or present or continued relationship with narcissists. The clients often are not aware they are subject to narcissistic abuse because they don't recognize it.
As they continue to experience the abuse their ability to think clearly and function well erodes. They feel guilt and shame. They feel isolated and overwhelmed with responsibilities.
The eating disorder gives them a break and creates a mindless zone of perceived safety. With these people, and this seems to be a growing population, recognizing abuse and discovering, then defending personal boundaries, is key to the beginning of solid recovery.
Please share your opinions and experience on these sensitive topics.
Joanna Poppink, MFT, private practice psychotherapist specializing in eating disorder recovery. E-mail for free telephone consultation.
Book: Healing Your Hungry Heart: recovering from your eating disorder
Reflections on Eating Disorder Recovery: development and narcissistic abuse
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