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(p. 441) Thinking and Symbol-Formation 

(p. 441) Thinking and Symbol-Formation
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(p. 441) Thinking and Symbol-Formation
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271404.003.0086
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date: 27 November 2020

Winnicott discusses the development of thinking in the growing psyche as a natural result of graduated maternal failure. He also points out how thinking can become a defensive substitute for maternal inadequacy and then split-off from the integrated whole self of the child. Clinical material is used to illustrate his points. He concludes that psycho-analysis does not cure, although a patient may make use of psycho-analysis and achieve a degree of integration, socialisation and self-discovery which he would not or could not have achieved without it.

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