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(p. 211) Remarks on a Discussion of Balint’s Paper on Technique 

(p. 211) Remarks on a Discussion of Balint’s Paper on Technique
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(p. 211) Remarks on a Discussion of Balint’s Paper on Technique
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271374.003.0048
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date: 23 January 2018

Winnicott looks at Balint’s contrasting of verbal interpretation in the clinical analytic setting, with what cannot be done by verbal interpretation alone. Winnicott elaborates why a patient may not be able to use verbal interpretation. For him a patient needs to be able to function at the level of the self and two others, the parents, but some patients may have experienced what Balint calls the area of the basic fault, an early environmental failure that reduces this capacity in the patient.

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