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(p. 237) Letter to The Times: Punishment and Crime: A Psychologist’s View 

(p. 237) Letter to The Times: Punishment and Crime: A Psychologist’s View
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(p. 237) Letter to The Times: Punishment and Crime: A Psychologist’s View
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271350.003.0043
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date: 19 October 2018

In this letter to The Times, Winnicott frames a response to reports on delinquency, crime, and insanity and emphasises the importance of considering the ‘other half’ of every antisocial act, that is, society’s revenge feelings. Unpunished misdemeanours or crimes swell the reservoir of unconscious public revenge, and it is important to educate the public that the antisocial child or adult is antisocial because he is ill. The law must follow this by considering how far public (unconscious) feeling needs punishment to be given, regardless of the psychiatric diagnosis.

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