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(p. 83) The Threat to Freedom 

(p. 83) The Threat to Freedom
(p. 83) The Threat to Freedom

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 27 October 2020

In this paper, following up on the previous paper on freedom, Winnicott examines the threat to freedom with reference to those whose inner freedom is curtailed by their mental ill health, noting that the right moment for investigating this is before freedom is lost. He posits that a prolonged threat can undermine the mental health of anyone, and the essence of cruelty is to destroy that degree of hope which makes sense of the creative impulse and of creative thinking and living.

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