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(p. 135) String: A Technique of Communication 

(p. 135) String: A Technique of Communication
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(p. 135) String: A Technique of Communication
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271381.003.0021
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date: 23 October 2019

In this essay, Winnicott describes his work with a seven-year-old boy in the Psychology Department of the Paddington Green Children’s Hospital. Winnicott noticed the boy’s preoccupation with string and tying things together and described it to the mother as an attempt by the boy to master his fear of separation, a separation deriving from his early emotional life, the mother’s absence for the birth of his sister and the mother’s own depression. This is a case where the parents acted as therapists to the child since sessions with Winnicott were impossible.

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