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(p. 197) Further Comments on Obsessional Neurosis and ‘Frankie’ 

(p. 197) Further Comments on Obsessional Neurosis and ‘Frankie’
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(p. 197) Further Comments on Obsessional Neurosis and ‘Frankie’
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271398.003.0029
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date: 11 December 2019

The transcription of Winnicott’s contributions to the discussion of the case of ‘Frankie’, a paper by Bertha Bornstein given at the Amsterdam IPA congress. Winnicott discusses obsessional tendencies, noting that obsessional neuroses can be very closely linked to an extreme degree of dissociation of the intellectual processes from the rest of the child’s psyche. This ‘flight to the intellectual’ he considers is a defence against the mental breakdown that has already taken place in the child.

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