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(p. 141) Enuresis 

(p. 141) Enuresis
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(p. 141) Enuresis
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271336.003.0033
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date: 23 January 2018

This abstract of a lecture by Winnicott describes children with an increased sensitivity of the urinary tract, showing increased frequency or urgency-or both-of micturition, with the urgency leading to enuresis. The symptoms here are associated with unconscious phantasies, not necessarily dealing with micturition sensations, but properly belonging to masturbation sensations, and the anxiety derives from the sense of guilt which accompanies the unconscious masturbation phantasies in these children.

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