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(p. 165) Paediatrics and Childhood Neurosis 

(p. 165) Paediatrics and Childhood Neurosis
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(p. 165) Paediatrics and Childhood Neurosis
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271374.003.0034
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date: 23 April 2018

In this essay, Winnicott discusses his view of neurosis as unconscious conflict, as anxiety arising from the violent conflicts between unconscious fantasy and the child’s inner reality. Neurosis relates to the instinctual life of the child. Fantasy is the imaginative elaboration of physical function whose arrival produces new problems at puberty. He discusses the roots of neurosis in the child’s earliest relationships and again emphasises the importance of paediatric training for child psychologists.

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