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(p. 59) Introduction
(p. 59) Introduction

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 21 October 2020

This chapter consists of the introduction to Part II of Human Nature. In the Introduction to Part II, Winnicott states that he will explore early childhood, moving backwards into the human foetal stages, and then forward to latency and adolescence, all from the psychoanalytic (dynamic psychology) perspective. He will consider interpersonal relationships and their complications, the human being’s achievement of the personal unit of self and the capacity to experience concern, and the primitive tasks he considers essential for the human being: integration of self, a psycho-somatic modus vivendi, and the ability for contact with reality through the experience of illusion.

In the chapter itself, Winnicott explores the work of psychoanalysis from Freud onwards and charts his views on the emotional features of infancy (2–5 years). He elaborates on the topic of the family, of the instincts (with reference to the fantasies for the growing child at each developmental stage), and of love relationships, with reference to the Oedipus complex in particular.

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