British psychoanalyst D. W. Winnicott (1896-1971) developed an original theory advancing controversial ideas such as the destruction of the patient and the merger of the subjective and objective worlds into a whole. He argued that C.G. Jung suffered from a severe pathology that had moulded his theoretical outlook. This article argues to the contrary: it seems like Winnicott's own theory displays a narcissistic kind of structure. His dream appears to be an unconscious reaction against his unsupportable conscious attitude. Winnicott is much concerned with how to defend against patients and their invasive pathology. It becomes a system of defence for psychologically weak therapists, and this is very harmful to patients. The article contributes to the understanding of narcissism.
Last Updated on Sunday, 27 October 2013 20:37
Written by Mats Winther
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