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(p. 115) Berlin Walls
(p. 115) Berlin Walls

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 16 February 2019

In this essay, Winnicott uses the Berlin Wall and the ‘peace line’ in Belfast as metaphors to describe how, even for the healthiest individual, inner psychic reality will always contain a division and conflict: a line along which there is always war. He compares these discrete borders where play cannot occur—where if there was no wall there would be war—to the gradual sense of change of place when travelling, for example, between England, Scotland and Wales, which can be done without knowing where the border has been crossed.

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