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(p. 129) Review: Psychoanalytic Studies of the Personality: By W. R. D. Fairbairn, with Masud Khan (London: Tavistock, 1952) 

(p. 129) Review: Psychoanalytic Studies of the Personality: By W. R. D. Fairbairn, with Masud Khan (London: Tavistock, 1952)
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(p. 129) Review: Psychoanalytic Studies of the Personality: By W. R. D. Fairbairn, with Masud Khan (London: Tavistock, 1952)
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271367.003.0031
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In this review, written with Masud Khan, Winnicott judges it is possible to get something out of Fairbairn’s work on dreams by considering the relationship of his concept of introjection of the bad object to Freud’s work on repetition-compulsion. Fairbairn starts with an infant that is a whole human being, one experiencing the relation to the breast as a separate object, an object that he has experienced and about which he has complicated ideas. He says that the ‘libido is object-seeking,’ and considers introjection as a specific defence mechanism, not as a primary process or a kind of object-relationship. Fairbairn’s theory here has similarities with Melanie Klein’s theory. Winnicott says Fairbairn fails to note the differences between the needs of ‘whole’ infants (however young) experiencing object-relationships of an oral quality and those of infants at the theoretical start, who are emerging from a fused state characterised by primary identification with the mother.

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