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(p. 239) Case Notes for a Psychoanalytic Seminar: Withdrawal, Regression, Male Identification 

(p. 239) Case Notes for a Psychoanalytic Seminar: Withdrawal, Regression, Male Identification
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(p. 239) Case Notes for a Psychoanalytic Seminar: Withdrawal, Regression, Male Identification
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271398.003.0037
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date: 25 May 2020

In this brief note, Winnicott describes a woman patient, aged 27 years, and her differing states in successive sessions. In the first session described, the patient was already disillusioned and becoming devoid of affect; Winnicott applies the word ‘withdrawal’. Winnicott states that in regression there is dependence but that in withdrawal there is a pathological independence. He discusses the patient’s anger and the need for himself as the analyst to put up with her extreme reactions as she operated within a delusional transference.

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