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(p. 85) The Importance of the Setting in Meeting Regression in Psycho-Analysis 

(p. 85) The Importance of the Setting in Meeting Regression in Psycho-Analysis
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(p. 85) The Importance of the Setting in Meeting Regression in Psycho-Analysis
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271398.003.0009
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date: 14 November 2019

In this seminar, Winnicott describes his personal views in relation to meeting the condition of clinical regression in psychoanalysis. Winnicott reminds his students that he accepts the basic principles of psychoanalysis as laid down by Freud but adds that, in some cases, the psychoanalytic setting and the careful maintenance of that setting (reliability and management) are as important as the way the analyst deals verbally with the material. He suggests that in this kind of work with regressed patients it is as if the patient gradually seduces the analyst into collusion with the infant within the patient, the infant who received inadequate attention at the earliest stages. The patient is not there to work in a productive way with the analyst, except when the analyst provides these necessary conditions.

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