AUTISTOID PSYCHIC RETREAT IN ANOREXIAbjp

@inproceedings{Kadish2011AUTISTOIDPR,
  title={AUTISTOID PSYCHIC RETREAT IN ANOREXIAbjp},
  author={Yael Adira Kadish},
  year={2011}
}
This paper argues that anorexia may be understood to be a particular kind of autistoid psychic retreat: a defensive withdrawal to a primitive enclosed part of the self that has been damaged by early infantile trauma, the result of a disruption to the mother–infant pair. This damage can be envisaged as an enclosed ‘cyst’ or ‘tumour,’ defensively ‘sectioned off’ from the rest of the individual’s psychic life. When a patient takes refuge in an autistoid psychic retreat she is typically experienced… CONTINUE READING