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(p. 313) Psychogenesis of a Beating Fantasy 

(p. 313) Psychogenesis of a Beating Fantasy
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(p. 313) Psychogenesis of a Beating Fantasy
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271374.003.0076
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date: 22 January 2018

Freud’s paper ‘A Child Is Being Beaten’ brought the subject of the beating fantasy, as a clinical phenomenon, into focus. Winnicott refers to clinical material of his own and suggests in this case that throughout this analysis the patient’s relationship to the mother’s repressed unconscious has been important. He also sees the patient’s relationship to the mother as an organisation of defences against anxiety.

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