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(p. 139) Dwelling of Psyche in Body 

(p. 139) Dwelling of Psyche in Body
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(p. 139) Dwelling of Psyche in Body
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271435.003.0022
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date: 07 December 2019

In this chapter, Winnicott describes the dwelling of the psyche within the body as a process to be achieved. He describes a variety of body experiences and how body and psyche interrelate, and also how external factors impede or assist this relationship. The sources of paranoia are seen by Winnicott as an expectation of persecution by the psyche-soma partnership if things do not go well. In addition, a naïve dependence on all going exactly as needed by the self can lead to vulnerability. The normal position between such extremes depends on sufficient care for the growing self, eventually leading to self-care and independence.

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