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(p. 141) Mother’s Madness Appearing in the Clinical Material as an Ego-Alien Factor 

(p. 141) Mother’s Madness Appearing in the Clinical Material as an Ego-Alien Factor
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(p. 141) Mother’s Madness Appearing in the Clinical Material as an Ego-Alien Factor
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271411.003.0029
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date: 14 November 2018

This paper gives the description of a case where the sudden intrusion of ‘foreign’ material needed to be noticed, understood and interpreted. Winnicott’s patient, a boy of 6 years, was referred to him on account of his being unable to make use of his good intelligence; instead, he would bite holes in his gloves, coat, tie and jersey, and he would only defecate in a chamber pot near one of the parents. The boy demanded a routine that was strict in many details and was therefore restricted in the foods he could eat. Winnicott gives a description of the interview with the boy: the only occasion he saw him. He reports that the interview had a good effect because he was able to sort out the muddle in the boy’s mind from the muddle introduced into his life by certain characteristics of the mother.

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