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(p. 307) Young Children and Other People 

(p. 307) Young Children and Other People
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(p. 307) Young Children and Other People
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271350.003.0059
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date: 24 April 2018

Every baby who is sensitively fed and managed by a devoted mother may not develop complete mental health. The normal child has a personal view of life from the beginning. One difficulty in the earliest relationship between the mother and the infant is that the excited infant violently attacks the mother’s body in fantasy. Satisfaction comes with the feeding experience, and for the time being the attack ceases. The ordinary good mother knows without being told that during this time nothing must interfere with the continuity of the relationship between the child and herself. In the case of mothers who are unable to live in their infant’s world, the infant must unfortunately live in hers.

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