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(p. 319) Interrelating Apart from Instinctual Drive and in Terms of Cross-Identifications 

(p. 319) Interrelating Apart from Instinctual Drive and in Terms of Cross-Identifications
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(p. 319) Interrelating Apart from Instinctual Drive and in Terms of Cross-Identifications
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271411.003.0055
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date: 20 July 2018

In this chapter, Winnicott uses clinical material to juxtaposes two contrasting statements, each illustrating intercommunication. The first case, a therapeutic consultation with a girl at an early stage of adolescence, illustrates how the psychotherapist can act as a mirror. In the second case, cross-communication is illustrated in terms of the capacity for introjective and projective identifying mechanisms. Winnicott argues that there are mechanisms for object relating, such as elements of playing, that are not drive-determined.

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