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(p. 183) The Concept of Clinical Regression Compared with that of Defence Organization 

(p. 183) The Concept of Clinical Regression Compared with that of Defence Organization
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(p. 183) The Concept of Clinical Regression Compared with that of Defence Organization
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271404.003.0029
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date: 26 October 2020

In this lecture to psychotherapy symposium at McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts, Winnicott discusses the treatment and understanding of the psychoses from a clinical psychoanalytical perspective, with an emphasis on a particular kind of regression in the clinical psychoanalytic setting, in which regression is not a matter of the standard defences deployed against recovery. Rather, regression may occur where a patient needs the analyst to provide a dependability originally lacking in early life and in which real needs have to be met for the first time for forward movement to resume in the patient’s development.

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