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Journal of Symbols & Sandplay Therapy 2011;2(2): 9-23.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12964/jsst.110012
Food as a Symbol
Mi-young Lee
Mara Child Counseling Center, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence :  Mi-young Lee ,Email: jasminlee76@nate.com
Received: December 1, 2011   Accepted: December 15, 2011
Abstract
In this study the author explores her personal experience of understanding food as a symbol. In an illuminating discussion that draws on her own Korean life and heritage, the author argues for the symbolic importance of food as an expression of identity and maternal instinct. Indeed, the symbolism of food preparation is shown to have therapeutic implications, especially in filial contexts. A compelling case is made for the potential of food to be a means of reconciliation or closure between people and this is discussed with reference to examples from cinema and life history, notably the author’s relationship with her late father, which sandplay has helped her to come to terms with.
KeyWords: Food as Symbol, Maternal Instinct, Identity, Reconciliation, Transcendent Function
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