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Psychoanalysis and Science: Friends or Relations? 

Psychoanalysis and Science: Friends or Relations?
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Psychoanalysis and Science: Friends or Relations?
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271381.003.0032
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date: 13 December 2019

Winnicott, in this talk to the Oxford University Scientific Society, summarizes what psychoanalysis is: a treatment for the psychiatrically ill by psychological methods, that it has a body of theory, and that it is an applied rather than pure science. Like science, it asks questions and has faith in its own aims to discover answers, although not necessarily to find them. Psychoanalysis moves on from physiological science to exploring human personality, feelings, and conflicts, especially through addressing the unconscious and dreams. Some examples from clinical experience are given.

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