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(p. 225) Basis for Self in Body 

(p. 225) Basis for Self in Body
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(p. 225) Basis for Self in Body
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271411.003.0044
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date: 21 April 2018

In this paper, Winnicott recounts extensive clinical material highlighting the interrelationship between the growing child and his or her body. Winnicott discusses his term ‘personalisation’, which he uses as a kind of positive form of ‘depersonalisation’. ‘Personalisation’, Winnicott states, is intended to draw attention to the fact that the in-dwelling of this other part of the personality in the body demonstrates a firm link between psyche and body, which in developmental terms represents an achievement. He links this to the way a mother introduces and reintroduces the baby’s body to its psyche and vice versa. He pays attention to those cases in which the child has a physical abnormality.

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