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The Interacting Cognitive Subsystems (ICS) account of anorexia nervosa (AN) emphasizes how attention to different aspects of experience combined with the impact of cognitive, emotional, and bodily inputs can lead to a novel understanding of AN maintenance and routes for recovery. The hallmark of a useful theory is that it should be capable not only of generating new ways of explaining clinical course and understanding phenomenology, but that it should also generate detailed ideas about how to improve clinical practice and develop new treatments. ICS predicts that cultivating a "being embodied" mode of mind, involving a shift in quality of attention to emotional and somatic experience, as a common route to recovery. The processes involved in the course of AN and theoretical and clinical implications of the account are elaborated in this sequel paper. Therapeutic strategies to remodel relationships between thoughts, emotions, and bodily states in AN following directly from this theoretical analysis are discussed. © 2012 International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy.

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International Journal of Cognitive Therapy

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86 - 98