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(p. 403) A Note on a Case Involving Envy 

(p. 403) A Note on a Case Involving Envy
(p. 403) A Note on a Case Involving Envy

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 25 February 2021

In this short note, Winnicott describes some features of the analysis of a long-standing male patient of his. With the analytic end date in view, Winnicott details the love and hate felt for himself, the analyst; the patient’s use of female identification and a homosexual role in the relationship with him in order to avoid full castration wishes towards ‘the father’; and, above all, the patient’s helpless need of—and dependence upon—his analyst. Winnicott sees these responses to his own potency as the analyst and as evidence of envious feelings and attacks by the patient on himself.

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