In this book, Charles Stewart discusses how the positive affects of the life instinct such as interest and joy, and the crisis affects such as fear, anguish, rage, shame and contempt, condition and can even dissociate the hunger drive, thereby contributing to either positive or negative attitudes toward eating.

New Ideas About Eating Disorders presents clinical case studies of individuals from infancy to adulthood suffering from various eating disorders, a new theory as to their etiology, and suggestions for treatment and prevention.

This book will be essential reading for all professionals engaged in caring for patients experiencing an eating disorder and for those developing theories to deepen our knowledge of these disturbances. It will also be of interest to those in the field of analytical psychology, as well as anyone wanting to know how contemporary affect theory can help us understand eating and its disorders.

chapter |16 pages


A crash course in Affect Theory (before applying it to eating disorders)

chapter |13 pages

How emotions condition the Hunger–Satiety drive

Affect–Drive complexes

chapter |9 pages

Thriving and not thriving during earliest infancy

Parent–infant bonding

chapter |16 pages

A new view of the etiology of Anorexia and Bulimia

Dissociation of the Hunger–Satiety drive

chapter |7 pages

A life dominated by shame

Pierre Janet's case of Anorexia – Nadia

chapter |37 pages

Healing regression to the first three months of life

Marguerite Sechehaye and her patient Renee

chapter |19 pages

The Bulimia–Anorexia syndrome and suicide

Ludwig Binswanger's case of Ellen West

chapter |16 pages

Psychological treatment of eating disorders

“Solve et coagula”

chapter |18 pages

A longitudinal study of Anorexia nervosa

Sylvia Brody's subject Helen

chapter |13 pages

Primary prevention of eating disorders

Interest and Joy in infancy