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(p. 193) Comment on Obsessional Neurosis and ‘Frankie’ 

(p. 193) Comment on Obsessional Neurosis and ‘Frankie’
(p. 193) Comment on Obsessional Neurosis and ‘Frankie’

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 10 April 2020

Winnicott’s contribution to a discussion of a case of obsessional neurosis given by Bertha Bornstein to the Amsterdam International Psychoanalytic Congress. In regard to the theory of obsessional neurosis, Winnicott formulates a concept of a split-off intellectual functioning as an essential feature of a thorough-going obsessional neurosis case. In this case, Winnicott believes it is possible to think that the mother of Frankie was interfered with, in her first relationship to this boy, by unconscious features derived from her relationship to her own brother and that the whole of the case could be described and understood around this detail.

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