The Overweight Patient: A Psychological Approach to Understanding and Working with Obesity

The Overweight Patient: A Psychological Approach to Understanding and Working with Obesity

The Overweight Patient: A Psychological Approach to Understanding and Working with Obesity

The Overweight Patient: A Psychological Approach to Understanding and Working with Obesity

Synopsis

This practical guide approaches obesity and overeating from a psychological perspective, and offers sensitive advice on methods for increasing patients' sense of self-worth, self-knowledge and motivation to lose weight.

Excerpt

In the light of recent growing emphasis on what has become known as the 'great weight debate', I believe that it must be understood that if it were easy to lose weight then sufferers (for that is what these patients are) of obesity would lose weight rather than face the ridicule, non-acceptance and feelings of shame resulting from their size. This book offers a way of understanding the psychological aspects of the problem that prevents people from losing weight or maintaining weight loss.

As a psychotherapist, I use an approach called Transactional Analysis (TA) in my clinical work both as a diagnostic tool and as a method of working towards change in the patient. The beauty of TA is that the concepts can be understood and used on many levels, from simple application to highly complex analysis. This means that the patient can learn and use TA concepts from the earliest stages of her treatment, or later on in the process when she is ready to do so. This in turn means that she is taking responsibility for her part in her psychotherapeutic journey towards health.

In relation to this book, it means that the non-Transactional Analysts and non-psychologically trained practitioner readers involved in this field of work can understand and use the concepts at whatever level has meaning for them. I have chosen a selection of concepts to write about and I hope that I have represented them simply and appropriately for the non-Transactional Analyst, and with enough advanced thinking and complexity to interest my trained TA readers.

TA is a theory of personality that offers a paradigm to help us to understand how people communicate, interact and form repeated habitual patterns of relationship and behaviours. It offers various theoretical constructs of child development and psychopathology and a system of psychotherapy that is . . .

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