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(p. 363) The Theory of the Parent-Infant Relationship: Contributions to Discussion 

(p. 363) The Theory of the Parent-Infant Relationship: Contributions to Discussion
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(p. 363) The Theory of the Parent-Infant Relationship: Contributions to Discussion
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271381.003.0060
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date: 15 November 2019

In this collection of points following the discussion of Congress papers by Winnicott and Greenacre on the parent-infant relationship, Winnicott states that he has learnt from the discussion, in particular from Greenacre’s discussion of aggression. He finds that there is a positive effect of understanding the whole infant-mother relationship as a real and rich experience. He refers to Balint on language, to the subject of predestination raised by Lagache, to Klein on envy, and to Martin James on the false self, quoting Hamlet’s line that Osric ‘did comply with his dug before he sucked it’. He argues finally that abnormalities in the mother-baby relationship can develop very early, noting that this demonstrates that the subject of infancy can be extremely fruitful for psychoanalytic discussion.

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