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(p. 513) Two Notes on the Use of Silence 

(p. 513) Two Notes on the Use of Silence
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(p. 513) Two Notes on the Use of Silence
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271381.003.0084
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date: 11 December 2019

In these two notes on the case of a woman he is treating, Winnicott says that the basis of the analysis at this stage is his silence and that this is something the patient feels she has achieved. Winnicott describes accepting his position as someone who says nothing because in this kind of analysis it is essential for the analyst to accept certain ideas about himself which come from the patient. In the second note, Winnicott refers to problems that arise out of the analyst not speaking; namely, the assumption that the analyst knows what is going on and that one purpose of interpretation is to establish the limits of the analyst’s understanding. He notes two further themes in this analysis: that of blond hair —which in this case relates to triangular relationships with whole people—and the theme of doom or fate.

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