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(p. 353) Discussion: ‘The Difficult Child’ by G. A. Auden 

(p. 353) Discussion: ‘The Difficult Child’ by G. A. Auden
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(p. 353) Discussion: ‘The Difficult Child’ by G. A. Auden
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271336.003.0066
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date: 25 September 2018

In this report of Winnicott’s discussion of the paper ‘The Difficult Child’ by G. A. Auden, Winnicott states that a difficult child cannot be treated primarily by the insistence of child guidance clinics on external factors as the origin of difficulty. Aggression is present, but the difficult child‘s real motivation is an unconscious fear of an internal bad object. The delinquent does not recognise his own anger except as a self-defensive response against an imagined attack. Winnicott states that one needs to look at the early life of the child and a possible lack of love.

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