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Quagelli, L. (2020). Reading Winnicott: return to the concept of regression to dependence. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 101(3):456-478.

(2020). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 101(3):456-478

Reading Winnicott: return to the concept of regression to dependence

Luca Quagelli

Drawing on Winnicott’s renowned concept of regression to dependence, the author elaborates on both the creative potential and limitations of this notion, examining some theoretical and clinical contributions from his own psychoanalytic practice with neurotic and psychotic children. First, the author questions and discusses the theoretical difficulties that arise in the conception of regression to dependence. In particular, he analyses the matter of psychic temporality and passivity. Second, the author considers how analysts can receive and foster the regression to dependence, and examines the use of limited physical contact in the treatment of severely disturbed children.

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