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(p. 445) Classification: Is There a Psycho-Analytic Contribution to Psychiatric Classification? 

(p. 445) Classification: Is There a Psycho-Analytic Contribution to Psychiatric Classification?
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(p. 445) Classification: Is There a Psycho-Analytic Contribution to Psychiatric Classification?
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271374.003.0102
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date: 23 April 2018

In this paper presented to BPAS Winnicott discusses whether psychoanalytic understanding can be of use when it comes to classifying psychiatric disorders. He sees his own work (as well as that of colleagues) in understanding the importance of the concept of the false self, the connections between psychopathy and early deprivation and the failure of adaptive environmental provision for the infant at its early helpless and dependent stage of life as being essential to understanding psychiatric disorders and how they may be classified. Regression and breakdown are also addressed.

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