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(p. 73) What Irks? 

(p. 73) What Irks?
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(p. 73) What Irks?
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271381.003.0008
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date: 11 December 2019

In this radio broadcast by Winnicott, there is first a lengthy discussion among a group of mothers who agree that the care of small children can be irksome, despite their obvious love for their children. Winnicott then comments on these discussions, emphasizing the role of the mother in healthy childhood development, the mother’s lack of privacy and her attempts to defend herself against total possession by her child.

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