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(p. 53) Letter to His Sister, Violet 

(p. 53) Letter to His Sister, Violet
(p. 53) Letter to His Sister, Violet

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 06 December 2021

In this letter to his sister Violet, Winnicott describes his discovery of psychoanalysis: ‘Psychotherapy means the treatment of disorders of the mind apart from those depending on disease of the brain’. He tells her that psychoanalysis denotes a method developed by Freud by which mind disorders can be cured without the aid of hypnosis. He describes seeing a man suffering from shell shock put under hypnosis in St Bart’s Hospital. Winnicott acknowledges that hypnosis only treats one or two of the symptoms, but claims that psychoanalysis cuts right at the root of the matter.

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