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(p. 285) The Aims of Psycho-Analytical Treatment 

(p. 285) The Aims of Psycho-Analytical Treatment
(p. 285) The Aims of Psycho-Analytical Treatment

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 28 February 2021

In this short statement on the aims of psychoanalytic treatment presented to the British Society, Winnicott describes the surface aims of the analyst (keeping and behaving well, alive, and awake, and completing the work of analysis) and the deeper ones. He hopes the patient can use him as a transitional and subjective object; he makes interpretations to show the extent of his understanding and to create an intellectual connection with the patient; he acts to facilitate the pathology of early environmental difficulties and strengthen the ego of the patient. He recognises that nonstandard analyses need modifications of this method and that analysts differ in their abilities in this work. Even in cases of extreme difficulty, the aim is to meet the needs of the patient and verbalise the nascent unconscious where possible.

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