How Black Swans Feed Their Young

How Black Swans Feed Their Young

By Susan B. Krevoy, Ph.D. How many of us have an unhealthy split between our light side and our dark side? The movie “Black Swan” brilliantly depicts the difficulty in integrating the different parts of ourselves. Don’t we all have a “white swan” in us? It’s our “good” positive feelings of hope, love, kindness, humility, generosity, and compassion. And don’t we all have a “black swan” inside of us as well? These are our “bad” negative feelings of anger, envy, greed, arrogance, false pride, resentment, and self-pity. The struggle we face is how…Read more
Dr. Susan, Can My Daughter be Helped?

Dr. Susan, Can My Daughter be Helped?

Dear Dr. Susan: I have a 14-year-old daughter, Carol Anne, who self-satisfies with food and who has no concept of her body image. When another student at her school asked her if she was pregnant, she went onto her Facebook site and wrote how “hurt her feelings were that someone would say that to her” and then she accepted the responses (most of which were aimed at assuaging her hurt feelings) as permission to continue her same eating habits. When asked why she thought someone might “mistake her appearance for someone who was…Read more
The Role of the Family in Eating Disorder Recovery

The Role of the Family in Eating Disorder Recovery

Written by: Sacha Bollas, Psy.D. Clinical Staff of the Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorders Program The goal of family therapy is to establish roles that promote individuality and autonomy while maintaining a sense of family cohesion. Parents, siblings, grandparents, are all deeply affected by the presence of an eating disorder within the family system. Many family members may feel powerless and frustrated when faced with a loved one’s eating disorder, but family therapy allows them to investigate how the eating disorder has affected their own lives and how they can be supportive throughout…Read more