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(p. 299) The Innate Morality of the Baby 

(p. 299) The Innate Morality of the Baby
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(p. 299) The Innate Morality of the Baby
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271350.003.0057
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date: 29 May 2020

In this broadcast and paper for mothers, Winnicott shows that just as the baby needs to link his physical experiences to a loving relationship with the mother, so he needs this relationship as a framework for his fears. Because of the mother’s sensitivity and love, the roots of the infant’s personal moral sense are developed, and the child gradually comes to be able to love and to be affectionate with the mother while she begins to reinforce and enrich the child’s developing morality.

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