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(p. 135) Psycho-Analysis and the Sense of Guilt 

(p. 135) Psycho-Analysis and the Sense of Guilt
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(p. 135) Psycho-Analysis and the Sense of Guilt
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271374.003.0030
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date: 26 April 2018

For Winnicott the human capacity for a sense of guilt is indicative of individual emotional growth. A defective sense of guilt is not linked to intellectual capacity or incapacity but rather the capacity for guilt is linked to the tolerance of ambivalence within the self. In successful analyses of individuals oppressed by guilt, there is a lessening of guilt, though for some the source of guilt cannot be reached, and for those individuals who feel that they are not able to explain this it can make for a feeling of madness.

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