Starving for words : the evolution of interpersonal communication from anorexia to wellness
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SubjectAuthenticity; Eating disorders; Interpersonal communication; Social penetration theory; Subjectivity; Symbolic interaction
This study explores the evolution of identity, authenticity, and the quality of interpersonal communications in the journey from anorexia nervosa to wellness. Framed by Altman and Taylor's social penetration theory and Blumer's symbolic interaction theory, I examine the subjectivity of anorexia nervosa through lived experience and via reflexive dyadic interview with a fellow anorexic in pursuit of wellness. Combining data from a participant interview and my personal health records dating back to diagnosis, this study provides insight into the connections that exist between identity, authenticity, and interpersonal communications--with a particular focus toward how behaviour and exchange within relationships are affected during the journey to wellness. I believe that highlighting the interpersonal/social--in addition to the more commonly recognized mental and physical implications of anorexia nervosa--is an important step toward holistic healing and more meaningful interactions future-forward. Creating awareness removes stigmas, promotes understanding, and benefits the wellness process.
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