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(p. 519) Further Clinical Material on the Theme of a Male Patient’s Exploitation of His Female Self 

(p. 519) Further Clinical Material on the Theme of a Male Patient’s Exploitation of His Female Self
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(p. 519) Further Clinical Material on the Theme of a Male Patient’s Exploitation of His Female Self
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271381.003.0085
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date: 12 November 2019

Winnicott gives two clinical reports of a patient who exploited his female self in different ways in his sessions. In the first, after feeling muddled and unhelpful to the patient and perhaps making ‘clever but unhelpful’ interpretations, Winnicott arrives at an interpretation that the patient cannot use him properly as a good father in relation to his mother. The patient finds this helpful and realizes he uses his own wife as a mother in this way. Winnicott recognizes some phallic, rather than maternal material, from the patient and a dream. In the second, after missing some sessions, the patient acknowledges a whole area of his homosexuality which has been denied by his three marriages.

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