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(p. 257) Hallucination and Dehallucination 

(p. 257) Hallucination and Dehallucination
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(p. 257) Hallucination and Dehallucination
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271374.003.0063
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date: 22 January 2018

For Winnicott there is a difference between hallucinating, which denotes illness, and that which has no such significance; in other words, between normal and pathological hallucinating. He recommends Dr Margaret Little’s paper on delusional transference as useful. He discusses a patient’s state of hallucination in order to arrive at distressing early experiences, often in a very regressed state. The early experience has then to be explored carefully to ascertain whether it was a real event or a dream.

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