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(p. 143) Short Communication on Enuresis 

(p. 143) Short Communication on Enuresis
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(p. 143) Short Communication on Enuresis
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271336.003.0034
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date: 22 January 2018

In this paper, Winnicott discusses the anxiety surrounding enuresis as the outward show of a sense of guilt accompanying (unconscious) masturbation fantasies. He interprets enuresis as a part of a regression, and the fantasies belonging to genital sensation have coloured those belonging to micturating. Associated defaecation disorders, when present in patients with this type of enuresis, take the form of incontinence. The main affect is a pleasurable one, derived from the infantile experience of micturition in relation to the mother or nurse.

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