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(p. 501) D. W. W.’s Dream Related to Reviewing Jung
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271381.003.0080
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date: 19 November 2019

Winnicott’s account of a powerful experience in a dream which he had while reviewing the work of Jung. The dream, in which Winnicott is both the destroyer and the destroyed, and the self-awareness of these two ‘I’s, leads Winnicott to an awareness that destructiveness belongs first to the subjective world and also to the objectively perceived world. Creativeness thus belongs to being alive and a subjective world and also to the objectively perceived. Winnicott links the capacity to play or dream to something unconsciously destroyed in fantasy, showing that destructiveness can be manageable and indeed essential. Winnicott connects this state to Jung’s own childhood memories of playing constructively and destroying over and over again without ever describing himself as having destroyed.

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