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(p. 229) Comments on ‘Problems of Research in Psycho-Analysis’: By Joseph Sandler 

(p. 229) Comments on ‘Problems of Research in Psycho-Analysis’: By Joseph Sandler
(p. 229) Comments on ‘Problems of Research in Psycho-Analysis’: By Joseph Sandler

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 17 April 2021

Winnicott responds to a presentation by Sandler on the relationship between scientific research and psychoanalysis and whether psychoanalysis can usefully contribute to scientific research. He quotes Bion, suggesting that psychoanalysis, like science, has to attempt to understand its own dimensions and the meaning of research. Winnicott refers to a case of his own where a psychotic boy is experimenting with and testing reality, as it were, scientifically. He proposes that science is an intellectual study and must be ‘belief free’, whereas the psychoanalyst (though both disciplines ask questions creatively) tests his work against his personal beliefs. Winnicott refers to his work on transitional objects, where perception and apperception, in Sandler’s terms, do not apply. Rather, the self establishes what feels ‘real’ emotionally, even though this may be accepted as illusory. He asks if Sandler accepts this last idea.

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