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(p. 319) The First Year of Life: Modern Views on the Emotional Development 

(p. 319) The First Year of Life: Modern Views on the Emotional Development
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(p. 319) The First Year of Life: Modern Views on the Emotional Development
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271374.003.0078
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date: 20 October 2018

Winnicott makes a short study of the first year of life for the infant, in particular his emotional development. He considers that the emotional dependence of the infant, on the mother at the start of life, means that the mother must adapt almost exactly to the infant’s needs so that the infant personality develops without distortion. In healthy development with the mother’s care, the infant can slowly become a whole person, and not just a bundle of instincts striving for satisfaction. The infant’s pattern of care can, if good enough, prevent its compliance with the environment (the mother and all she offers) and allow for spontaneity and creativity. Affectionate relationships can then develop between baby and mother.

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