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(p. 79) Youth Will Not Sleep 

(p. 79) Youth Will Not Sleep
(p. 79) Youth Will Not Sleep

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 25 May 2020

In this essay for New Society, Winnicott discusses the normal restlessness and rebellion of adolescence and possible solutions from a psychological perspective. He recognises that the young, who may have been let down environmentally in the early stages of life, will challenge and disrupt the status quo: society. He considers that the potential of youth to do good and conform and identify with society is equally as present as the potential to act out antisocially and turn to crime. He proposes that allowing time and accepting that the young live in a state of ‘not knowing whither’ must be recognised.

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