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(p. 27) The Concept of the False Self 

(p. 27) The Concept of the False Self
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(p. 27) The Concept of the False Self
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271398.003.0001
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date: 19 November 2019

In this paper, Winnicott discusses the link between the concept of maturity, personal adult health and personality. Everyone, Winnicott contends, is divided into a true and a false self. He writes that in health the false self is to some extent the adaptation we all make to live within a given society, the caretaker of the true self. However, in what might be termed a false self disorder, in severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, the true self is compromised and depleted by the false self and the capacity for spontaneous living is jeopardised.

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