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(p. 333) The Psychology of Separation 

(p. 333) The Psychology of Separation
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(p. 333) The Psychology of Separation
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271374.003.0079
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date: 13 August 2020

In this essay, Winnicott discusses the effects of the separation of infants and small children from their parents in terms of clinical findings, in particular the relationship between the antisocial tendency and deprivation. He discusses the history of the psychology of reaction to loss and emphasises that illness results not from loss itself but from the occurrence of loss at a stage in the child’s or infant’s emotional development when a mature reaction to loss cannot take place, a time at which the immature ego cannot mourn.

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