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(p. 437) The Absence of a Sense of Guilt 

(p. 437) The Absence of a Sense of Guilt
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(p. 437) The Absence of a Sense of Guilt
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271398.003.0076
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date: 20 November 2019

In this undated text, Winnicott describes a patient creating, in the analytic setting, the need to experience an extreme sense of guilt and self-punishment due to an occasion of Winnicott’s failure in his work with her. This patient believes everything to be under her control; Winnicott asserts that such a patient would feel no guilt or compunction at killing her analyst. He discusses another patient who experiences extreme guilt at any kind of self-betrayal of her own uncompromising self. The violence of these feelings evoked in these analytic experiences is powerfully demonstrated.

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