In this interview, I talk with Cheryl about The Trauma of Being Fat.
Cheryl Fuller is a Jungian psychotherapist living in the US. She is passionately interested in depth psychology, psychotherapy, feminism and fat studies. Her book, The Fat Lady Sings, weaves these threads into a tapestry of personal experience, critique of psychoanalytic theory and treatment of fatness, in the context of the war on obesity. Hers is the life of a fat woman thus her interest in the lived experience of fat people, the absence of such voices in discussions of weight, and in the effects of fat phobia and the cultural fat complex. She holds a BA in Psychology from Duke University, MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and PhD in Jungian Studies from the Union Institute.
In The Trauma of Being Fat, Cheryl talks about:
- Cheryl’s experience of living in a fat body
- Becoming a psychoanalytic psychotherapist
- How losing weight is not the solution
- Size representation in the media
- What doctors miss when they solely focus on weight
- The Fat Lady by Irvin Yalom
- Therapists, fat bias and how they need to do work on their own bodies
- Microaggressions and the trauma of living in a fat body
Cheryl and I mention the following resources in The Trauma of Being Fat:
Hunger by Roxane Gay
Bodies by Susie Orbach
The Owl Was the Baker’s Daughter by Marion Woodman
The Fat Lady by Irvin Yalom
Connect with Cheryl:
Jung at Heart Psychotherapy on Facebook
DrCheryl on Twitter
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