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(p. 55) Anxiety Associated with Insecurity 

(p. 55) Anxiety Associated with Insecurity
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(p. 55) Anxiety Associated with Insecurity
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271367.003.0011
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date: 17 January 2021

This essay draws together some of Winnicott’s conclusions about good infant care. For him, the capacity for a one-body relationship follows that of a two-body relationship, through the introjection of the object (mother) in the earliest stages. He believes that unlike the Kleinian position, ‘good-enough’ infant-care can neutralise feelings of external persecution and prevent feelings of disintegration and loss of contact between psyche and soma. Inherent in growth, however, is both pain and anxiety in respect of the various phenomena that arise in early life and how they are lived by the mother and infant together.

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