Those who are securely attached have the ability to identify their own feelings, whilst being able to consider the possible reactions and feelings of others and the causes and effects. The ability to do this is referred to as reflective functioning (Allen, 2005; Crittenden, 2006), Portia exhibits poor reflective functioning, expressing her confusion about her mother and brothers reaction to her weight loss when she returns to Australia for Christmas.
Using Attachment theory, Portia can be categorized in the Avoidant attachment category, in terms of interpersonal style. In her account she is often derogatory to her mother by blaming her for advising her to hide her sexuality, in order to protect her image. However, she lacks examples or details to support her view. She is defensive about her sexuality and the reasons for keeping it a secret and uses her mother as the main reason for concealing her sexuality. She lacks the ability to consider her own feelings about her sexuality and the reasons behind her mother’s advice to not let others know.
A sociocultural Model of eating postulates that the social pressures to be thin and thin ideal internalisation give rise to dieting in early teenage years and therefore are a precursor to disinhibited eating occurs (ref). Along with this comes body dissatisfaction, which is evidenced in individuals over evaluation of shape and weight, a criteria for diagnosis in the DSM-V for Anorexia and Bulimia. Portia became increasingly