Each chapter of The Anorexia Workbook: How to Accept Yourself, Heal Your Suffering and Reclaim Your Life
presents bulleted preview points at the beginning with clear content and plenty of self-tests, exercises and worksheets to get you involved. "You will learn to accept and live with the uncontrollable thoughts and feelings that haunt you about your weight, and you will learn to take charge and move your life in directions that you value" promise the authors, who are both specialists in treating people with anorexia. They use the ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) philosophy: accept the thoughts and feelings, and commit to actions that take charge of your life in a positive way.
You'll learn to understand that what you've been doing isn't working, deal with emotions and thoughts more effectively, identify your life values, start living a life that reflects those values, and cope with barriers. The overriding point is that you can act before you "get things right in your head." The style is warm, simple, and accepting--no stern lectures or commands to eat. The workbook has large pages and is well laid-out and easy to follow. --Joan Price, Amazon.com
"Michelle Heffner and Georg Eifert have done a wonderful job in applying ACT to anorexia. I believe that the practical exercises and advice in this book can certainly help people who want their lives no longer be ruled by anorexia. In particular, this book offers an avenue of hope and encouragement that is not only ultimately humane but completely different from other scientifically-driven approaches to the problem of anorexia. I have no doubt that it will transform the lives of many people." --Frank W. Bond, Ph.D., senior lecturer of psychology at Goldsmiths College, University of London