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(p. 359) The Theory of the Parent-Infant Relationship: Further Remarks 

(p. 359) The Theory of the Parent-Infant Relationship: Further Remarks
(p. 359) The Theory of the Parent-Infant Relationship: Further Remarks

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 28 February 2021

In these further remarks on the parent-infant relationship, on which he and Phyllis Greenacre had given Congress papers, Winnicott endorses Greenacre’s work on maturation and links it to his work on dependence. He notes that babies are helped to face anxiety and avoid moment-by-moment breakdowns by parents providing good environmental conditions. In analysis, a patient may have difficulties that mean he has to be helped to go back and face earlier unbearable anxieties that led to organizing what are now unhelpful defences. Actual clinical breakdowns may have to be lived through analytically to enable regrowth. Winnicott makes these remarks rather than further summarising his paper.

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