The Fat Lady Sings: A Psychological Exploration of the Cultural Fat Complex and its Effects

Author(s) : Cheryl Fuller

The Fat Lady Sings: A Psychological Exploration of the Cultural Fat Complex and its Effects

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In the analytic encounter, body meets body, yet rarely is body mentioned. Without a body, we become like the nymph Echo, a disembodied voice condemned to echo what she hears. Rooted in analytical psychology, The Fat Lady Sings challenges the notion that the fat patient must change to fit into a thin world.

For years we have been bombarded by warnings about the Obesity Epidemic, a concern rivaling that about terrorism. Curiously, the depth psychological literature is mostly silent about this preoccupation, its origins, meaning, and the psychotherapeutic treatment issues involved.

Almost everything written about fat and being fat comes from the world of the slender. Fat people are rarely consulted about their lives, how they eat and move and live. They are too often not seen as credible, or as reliable witnesses to their own experience. The Fat Lady Sings is an exploration of fat and our culture, the fat complex that grips our culture, how the war on obesity is fought in the clinical setting, and how being fat is an ongoing traumatic experience. The book grows out of the author's life as a fat woman, her work as a Jungian psychotherapist, and as a patient in analysis.

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Cheryl Fuller, PhD, is a Jungian psychotherapist living on the coast of Maine. She has her doctorate in Jungian Studies and has had many years of study and training at various Jung institutes, as well as in Jungian analysis. She brings over forty years of clinical experience, humuor and enthusiasm to the study of Jung, psychotherapy, feminism, and fat studies. She has a private practice for individuals in Maine and online.

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