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Hands an a Hardbody: Anorexigenic Culture and Analytic Attitudes


Traditionally, healthy living has been applied enthusiastically to a variety of health regimens now almost endemic in large parts of our population. In this paper, the author suggests that the trend toward health concerns is approaching the compulsive, in patients and in psychoanalysts, and suggests some reasons why obsessive concerns with well-being may be masking some old psychological malaises and a few new ones.

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Correspondence to Gladys Foxe.

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1Ph.D., lectures at the Union Theological Seminary and is a member of the teaching and supervisory faculties at the Institute for Expressive Analysis. She also maintains a private practice, with couples and individuals, in New York.

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Foxe, G. Hands an a Hardbody: Anorexigenic Culture and Analytic Attitudes. Am J Psychoanal 69, 363–372 (2009).

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  • psychoanalysis and culture
  • transference/countertransference
  • analysts’ anxieties