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(p. 133) Integration 

(p. 133) Integration
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(p. 133) Integration
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271435.003.0021
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date: 12 November 2019

In this chapter Winnicott describes his views on the early unintegrated state of the newborn (the infant simply as a collection of impulses and sensations, without a sense of wholeness in time and space). This then leads slowly through maternal receptivity to the infant to the beginnings of the achievement of an integrated self. Unintegration for the infant lies behind the sanity of a state of integration for the self, and then the potential for disintegration of the self follows. Winnicott posits that impingement from a variety of external sources is faced at all times by the infant, leading to a possibility of the loss of integration which now, for Winnicott, deserves the term dis-integration. Winnicott feels that the psychotherapist has to keep these processes in mind both in child and adult work.

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