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(p. 103) Development of the Theme of the Inner World 

(p. 103) Development of the Theme of the Inner World
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(p. 103) Development of the Theme of the Inner World
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271435.003.0016
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In this chapter, Winnicott addresses the child’s inner world, its paranoid form, its depressive form, and the use of the manic defences to deny inner deadness. He examines the capacity for persecutory or paranoid functioning and its losses for the psyche, the capacity for a depressive richness in the inner world while the depressive mood is held in moderation, and the deployment of manic denial to ward off loss and grief and remain dead inside.

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