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(p. 359) Ideas and Definitions 

(p. 359) Ideas and Definitions
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(p. 359) Ideas and Definitions
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271411.003.0060
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date: 20 April 2018

In this early note of ideas, Winnicott gives early definitions of the false self and the true self, transitional objects and transitional phenomena: ‘Transitional object’ was intended to give significance to the first signs in the developing infant of an acceptance of a symbol. Regression to dependence is different from ‘regression’ as applied ordinarily to instinct positions. Good-enough mother is a description of the dependence that belongs to earliest infancy.

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