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The Hungry Self [Paperback]

Kim Chernin
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial; Reprint edition (31 Dec 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060925043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060925048
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.3 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date: 1994 Pages: 240 in Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Answers the need for help among the five million American women who suffer from eating disorders An inspired psychoanalytic meditation on contemporary female identity and eating disorders.-on Phyllis Chesler Answers the need for help among the five million American women who suffer from eating disorders.

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'The hungry self' is one of the best works I have read on eating disorders and a well-written one. This is Chernin's second book on the subject and she focuses on the identity crisis that leads women to obsessing about weight, food, and starvation. Her argument relates food issues to women's relationship to their mother, a relationship that is so much shaped by the acts of feeding and eating. She argues that any negative feelings that we associate with these early experiences of selfhood come to surface when it is time for a woman to surpass her mother - at critical moments of her lifetime (adolescence, studying, working, etc.) The guilt a woman feels towards her mother turns into a battle towards the body and food, which symbolizes the mother. It may sound complicated but Chernin does a great job in conveying her argument. She uses many examples from her work with women, writes brilliantly and speaks also from her own personal history with eating disorders. Being a sufferer myself I could relate to many of the points she makes and this book made me think a lot about myself, my mother, and the way food has featured in our relationship. It's a thought-provoking book and I urge you to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first book to make me start to understand 10 Feb 2014
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I endorse the positive comments made in reviews above. This book was on a recommended reading list that I had at the beginning of treatment. Being the sort of person that will read everything possible, I went through the lot. This book was a revelation and I can honestly say that reading it marked a turning point for me. Exploring the relationship we have with food, it also relates this back to one's relationship with one's mother and the guilt associated with surpassing her. Food becomes a relevant focus because it is such a very large part of the mother's relationship with the child. This book triggered a very long thinking process in me. It was something to which I could absolutely relate. And it helped me start to unpick the knotty and complex aspects of my own situation by relating it back. I highly recommend this to anyone with an ED and trying to understand it, and also to family members/support workers. I read this over a year ago and it still resonates. I am on here now (having looked for the book specifically) because I believe a family member who doesn't have an ED, but who is obese, (like my mother - the start of my pattern), will benefit from reading it because of the important ideas in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is revelatory, personal, complex and crucial. 30 Aug 1999
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Kim Chernin has explored the dangerous and complex world of women's eating disorders with more intelligence and research than most, and this book does the most justice to the power of her ideas. It would be a disservice to her to sum up Chapters here -- suffice it to say that anyone who truly wants to understand this important issue with respect to its depth and power should step up to Chernin's level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 27 Dec 2012
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This is a great book and I would highly recommend for you to read it. It does not get any more real than this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely transfixing 3 Jan 2003
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This book changed my life. I have read dozens of novels and texts on eating disorders, but only this one granted a new understanding and awarenss. Along with 'Women Who Run with the Wolves', by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, 'The Hungry Self' stands as an intensely emotional and complex piece on women and identity.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful unless you want to read a book entirely blaming your mother 4 April 2013
By Myscrtwrld - Published on Amazon.com
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The beginning was great until she started talking about the mother daughter relationship which is ridiculous. If you are a person who wants to blame your mother for every problem you have....by all means enjoy. Not even close to rational or realistic.
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