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(p. 355) The Use of an Object and Relating Through Identifications 

(p. 355) The Use of an Object and Relating Through Identifications
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(p. 355) The Use of an Object and Relating Through Identifications
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271404.003.0066
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date: 14 December 2019

In this paper, Winnicott elaborates on a concept that occupied him in various forms and formulations towards the end of his life: the capacity of the self to relate to the object (or other) in such a way that the object (or other) is recognized as having a place outside the subjective experience of self. Winnicott refers to this as a sophisticated use of reality. He elaborates on this subject using his extensive clinical experience with patients in primitive and less primitive stages of emotional development.

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