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(p. 229) The Psychology of Madness: A Contribution from Psycho-Analysis 

(p. 229) The Psychology of Madness: A Contribution from Psycho-Analysis
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(p. 229) The Psychology of Madness: A Contribution from Psycho-Analysis
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271398.003.0036
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date: 13 December 2019

In this paper to the British Psychoanalytic Society, Winnicott addresses both the fear of madness met with in patients and also the actual madness of schizophrenia. He brings in the subject of early infantile development and environmental failure and proposes that a patient’s fear of madness may actually be a fear of the return of a madness already experienced. The patient in such a condition may have to come back to re-experience the madness in a regressed and nonverbal phase of unconscious process with the analyst. The danger of this work is indicated, but Winnicott also asserts there can be the hope of recovery.

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