Experience of the Body

  • Amy M. BrauschEmail author
  • Jennifer J. Muehlenkamp


Both eating disorders and non-suicidal self-injury involve some type of harm, either indirectly or directly, inflicted on the body. Individuals who perceive and experience their body in a negative manner may be more able to cause harm to the body. Therefore, the body represents an important variable to consider when understanding both eating disorders and self-injury. This chapter explores how an individual’s experience of his or her body may increase risk for engaging in self-injury and eating disorder behaviors. The concept of body regard is reviewed along with theoretical and empirical data describing how a negative relationship with the body can potentially facilitate engagement in NSSI and disordered eating. The importance of including body experiences in treatment is presented along with suggestions for how to integrate and address bodily experiences within standard treatments for NSSI and eating disorders.


Body Image Anorexia Nervosa Eating Disorder Body Dissatisfaction Emotion Dysregulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Wisconsin - Eau ClaireEau ClaireUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyWestern Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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