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(p. 423) ‘Yes, But How Do We Know It’s True?’ 

(p. 423) ‘Yes, But How Do We Know It’s True?’
(p. 423) ‘Yes, But How Do We Know It’s True?’

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 21 October 2020

In this talk for psychology and social work students, Winnicott describes why it is no wonder that it is so difficult to learn about psychology. At first students learn about psychology the same way they learn about other things, that is, with no contribution from oneself. In the second stage they ask, ‘Yes, but how do we know this is true?’ While most types of teaching take the student out of themselves, psychology that matters tends to throw the student back into themselves. We are all human beings ourselves, and if we learn about others we learn about ourselves. Winnicott describes the problem of learning about dynamic psychology based on knowledge, rather than dealing with children, or indeed with people at all.

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