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(p. 73) Letter to Herbert Rosenfeld 

(p. 73) Letter to Herbert Rosenfeld
(p. 73) Letter to Herbert Rosenfeld

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 20 January 2021

In this letter, Winnicott disagrees with Rosenfeld about the work of Melanie Klein, stating that there is much in psychosis which cannot be explained along Kleinian lines. As such, Winnicott contends, the future of analytic research is an exciting thing. He believes that Klein’s work leads to the beginning of the understanding of psychoses, but the implication that Klein’s statements can be extended backwards to cover very primitive infantile problems is harmful to her work. He thinks her supporters should be less dogmatic. He values Rosenfeld’s work but feels he does not recognise the role of the real (not just the internal) mother.

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