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(p. 197) Varieties of Psychotherapy 

(p. 197) Varieties of Psychotherapy
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(p. 197) Varieties of Psychotherapy
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271381.003.0028
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date: 05 December 2019

In this talk to an association concerned with the social and medical aspects of mental illness, Winnicott addresses varieties of illness and varieties of therapy. He describes taking good case histories, listening very carefully, and using psychoanalytic tools (like transference and enabling the patient to say whatever comes to mind), and he states that therapy will involve addressing a setback or hitch in the emotional development of the individual. He defines three categories of patient: the psychoneurotic, those who experience early failure of care and the deprived. He indicates how psychotherapy can help in such categories of patient difficulty.

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