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(p. 317) The Split-off Male and Female Elements to Be Found in Men and Women 

(p. 317) The Split-off Male and Female Elements to Be Found in Men and Women
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(p. 317) The Split-off Male and Female Elements to Be Found in Men and Women
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271398.003.0046
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date: 19 November 2019

In this paper, Winnicott raises the issue of bisexuality in men and women and also of creativity in the male. He discusses a great deal of clinical material in which the female elements in a male patient predominate and are kept split off or dissociated from the rest of his personality. He ascribes ‘doing’ to the male and ‘being’ to the female and sees the female’s capacity to ‘be’ as providing the child’s dependence upon her and of ultimately giving him a sense of self or identity. He puts this succinctly as ‘after being—doing and being done to. But first “being” ’. He refers briefly to stealing as the male element in both boys and girls.

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