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(p. 425) The Unconscious 

(p. 425) The Unconscious
(p. 425) The Unconscious

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 25 May 2020

In this note, Winnicott admits that the idea of the unconscious is sometimes considered ‘old hat’ and out of date. He comments on the ‘cold war’ between psychologists—academic, social, and economic—and psychotherapists and psychiatric social workers whose work takes them constantly into the realms where the unconscious is significant. He is concerned with re-validating the concept of the unconscious and all the difficulties it continues to present for everyone in daily life and with not avoiding the fact that through the manifestations of the unconscious, life encompasses pain and suffering along with good.

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