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(p. 447) Psychotherapy of Character Disorders 

(p. 447) Psychotherapy of Character Disorders
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(p. 447) Psychotherapy of Character Disorders
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271381.003.0074
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date: 11 December 2019

In this paper to the European Child Psychiatry Congress in Rome, Winnicott states that character disorders are the result of a distortion in ego development and integration by the growing child. An antisocial tendency may then emerge due to a deprivation or trauma that cannot be managed at the given age and maturation of the child. Such disorder impoverishes the personality, often giving a sense of grievance and feelings of purposelessness and unreality, and it leads to difficulties in socialising and often court attendance. Psychotherapy of these disorders requires a return to the phase prior to deprivation or trauma. Clinical examples of child cases are given.

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