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(p. 153) Chaos 

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(p. 153) Chaos
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271435.003.0025
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date: 07 December 2019

In this chapter, Winnicott explores the concept of chaos, with reference to the internal world, preferring to think of it as un-integration. The defensive states that may follow may also be protected by enabling sufficient capacity for illusion in the growing self, but, if this is not the case, splitting within the self—a normal function—can become excessive. This leads to the disruption of the true self with its capacity for spontaneity and the creation of a false self with overcompliance to external reality. The states of disintegration, dissociation, and repression are defined.

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