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

Donald W. Winnicott

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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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