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(p. 113) Hypochondriacal Anxiety 

(p. 113) Hypochondriacal Anxiety
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(p. 113) Hypochondriacal Anxiety
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271435.003.0018
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date: 13 November 2019

In this chapter, Winnicott describes the development of ordinary doubt about the self into an extreme form and the struggle to manage the forces of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ within. Psychosomatic illness is the transferring of unmanageable fantasies into bodily states that then become all-controlling. The original fantasy sources of the difficulties then become unavailable for treatment without analytic intervention.

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