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(p. 149) The Price of Disregarding Psychoanalytic Research 

(p. 149) The Price of Disregarding Psychoanalytic Research
(p. 149) The Price of Disregarding Psychoanalytic Research

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 27 May 2020

Winnicott proposes that to assess the price we pay for neglecting psychoanalytic research findings, we must first inquire into the nature of such psychoanalytic research. Winnicott points out that research that concerns itself with the unconscious is largely unacceptable to society. For Winnicott psychoanalytic research is not to be forced into the pattern that suits research in the physical sciences. The material for psychoanalytic research is essentially the human being: being, feeling, acting, relating and contemplating. For Winnicott, analytic research is the collective experience of analysts. The price here has to be measured in terms of human waste and suffering. Research along these lines gets Winnicott’s full support, though he recognises that much psychoanalytic research is held up because of mutual suspicion between psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.

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