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(p. 295) The Development of a Child’s Sense of Right and Wrong 

(p. 295) The Development of a Child’s Sense of Right and Wrong
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(p. 295) The Development of a Child’s Sense of Right and Wrong
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271381.003.0050
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date: 13 December 2019

In this BBC radio broadcast, Winnicott argues that a child’s sense of right and wrong develops over time if the appropriate environmental conditions are there. He speaks of the baby and early infancy stages of childhood and asks that primitive and natural processes (such as biting greedily) be seen as both real and fantasized experiences. The parents can develop this into a child’s innate goodness and badness. If a child’s guilt at hating alongside loving is recognized and accepted by parents, the child can internalize these conflicts into a more mature sense of right and wrong.

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