DOMENICO COSENZA: A PSYCHOANALYTIC PERSPECTIVE ON EATING DISORDERS: BETWEEN SOCIAL SYMPTOMS AND SUBJECTIVE SOLUTIONS

Undoubtedly, eating disorders have become a social symptom in advanced capitalist societies, since their first great spread in the late 1960s, in the form of anorexia and bulimia . In the following decades, restrictive forms have been overtaken in epidemic manifestations by hyper-alimentation practices, by compulsive practices in which the subject loses control. Binge Eating Disorder, introduced in DSM V as a new diagnostic framework, is the paradigm. The contemporary social imperative of consumption here finds a direct expression, irresistibly imposing on the subject the practice of Binge Eating. However, a sociological reading of the phenomenon alone does not allow us to grasp the analytically oriented clinical listening: the unique value and function that this symptomatic solution has for the single patient we encounter. The development of analytically oriented treatment allows the subject to transform his relationship with Eating Disorder: from universal mental illness it becomes a unique solution, which must be recognized in order to be overcome.

Day and Time: September 30, 2017, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: California Institute for Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street
Tuition: $20