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(p. 359) The Manic Defence 

(p. 359) The Manic Defence
(p. 359) The Manic Defence
The Collected Works of D. W. Winnicott: Volume 1, 1911-1938

Donald W. Winnicott


In his membership paper to the BPAS, Winnicott presents certain aspects of the manic defence and of its relations to the depressive position. The term ‘manic defence’ is intended to cover a person’s capacity to deny the depressive anxiety that is inherent in emotional development, anxiety that belongs to the capacity of the individual to feel guilt and also to acknowledge responsibility for instinctual experiences, and for the aggression in the fantasy that goes with such instinctual experiences.

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