Psychology explanations of Anorexia Nervosa


Cognitive, faulty or maladaptive thought process, eg misperceiving their weight when looking in the mirror

  • All or nothing, eat one biscuit then meltdown
  • Overgeneralising, no control over eating or life
  • Magnifying/Minimising, don't see themselves as ill
  • Magical thinking, if they lose weight everything will be perfect

Fallon and Rozin - students rated themselves and ideal weight. Females said they were heavier than ideal. From 1985, outdated and lacks temporal validity

Williamson - two groups: high and low risk anorexic. Asked to unstretch image of themselves. HR over estimated, LR under estimated.

Cause and Effect - disorder caused…


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