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(p. 289) Dreaming, Fantasying and Living: A Case-History Describing a Primary Dissociation 

(p. 289) Dreaming, Fantasying and Living: A Case-History Describing a Primary Dissociation
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(p. 289) Dreaming, Fantasying and Living: A Case-History Describing a Primary Dissociation
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271411.003.0053
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date: 19 October 2018

In this case history, Winnicott discusses primary dissociation and the qualitative differences that exist between varieties of fantasying. He uses extensive dream and session material from a treatment in which the contrast between fantasying and dreaming was central. During the sessions, the patient, a woman of middle age, gradually discovered how much fantasying has disturbed her whole life. Winnicott concludes that there is an essential difference between fantasying and the alternatives of dreaming and real living and relating to real objects.

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