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(p. 51) Deductions Drawn from a Psychotherapeutic Interview with an Adolescent 

(p. 51) Deductions Drawn from a Psychotherapeutic Interview with an Adolescent
(p. 51) Deductions Drawn from a Psychotherapeutic Interview with an Adolescent

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 18 January 2021

In this paper, Winnicott gives the case of Jane, who gave Winnicott an unexpected insight into the aetiology of her painful split in her relationship to her sister, and an explanation of the girl’s fear of involvement with her beloved, lonely mother. Winnicott describes the adolescent Jane as a remarkable and awkward young person, saying that there is practically no psychiatric disorder that is not touched upon; yet, at the same time, the girl is healthy. Winnicott writes that Jane’s relationship with her sister, an active child who hated Jane’s birth, was that their personalities merged. Outside the merging there existed both the withdrawn half of Jane and the extrovert half of her sister. Before relating to her mother, with whom Jane had not developed an identification, Winnicott proposes Jane must achieve a unit self or identity.

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