May 17th, 2007

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

I do a lot of thinking about MBTI types. I myself am an INFP, but I dont have an eating disorder (though i can empathize; i'm not diagnosed with BDD but i seriously wouldnt be surprised if I was). I read how some types are perfectionists, etc, so that got me thinking about the correlation of eating disorders and the different types. Many disorders have been talked about on forums such as depression, anxiety, and adhd, but not so much about eating disorders. And if there is no correlation, its interesting to read about your MBTI anyway.

So: What is your MBTI type?
Also up for discussion could be enneagram types, but I dont know as much about it.

For those of you who are wondering, you can read about it more here. Its basically a personality test that types you into one of sixteen types. Each type is briefly described here.
You can also take the test here, but just a warning that it is 72 questions long.

Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters

I know many of you expressed interest in this book when an excerpt was posted a few weeks ago (link) I wrote a review for Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body, by Courtney E. Martin. Here it is, under the cut.

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Though she shows many different reasons why women have eating disorders, and although many of the reasons struck me as accurate and spot-on, at least for me and my relationship with food and body image, the book still seems to have some gaps. I can see myself in some of these women, but it still does not seem to pinpoint MY reason for eating in a disordered way, or thinking in a disordered way. I guess I read this book hoping for some closure for myself, but I was still left with questions. However, it is an eye-opening read and there were a lot of quotes that I wanted to highlight and underline, to be like, "Yes! I understand completely!" Her last chapter deals with ways to reconcile the happy child with the grown woman, and it does end on a happy note, but I still feel that there is a piece missing.

Has anyone else read this book? Your thoughts? Need clarification on anything I wrote (I realize it’s kind of TL;DR)…