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(p. 423) Struggling Through the Doldrums
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(p. 423) Struggling Through the Doldrums
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271381.003.0072
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date: 12 November 2019

In this discussion of adolescence, Winnicott suggests that the only ‘cure’ for this period of a young person’s life is the living of it, without too much intrusion by the parents, until, in time, maturity is reached. He emphasizes his belief that puberty and its transformations, new instinctual demands, sexual experiences, archaic destructive wishes and the essential isolation of the individual all require sensitive environmental care.

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