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Winnicott, D.W. (1986). Holding and Interpretation: Fragment of An Analysis. The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 115:1-194. London: The Hogarth Press and the Institute of Psycho-Analysis.

(1986). The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 115:1-194. London: The Hogarth Press and the Institute of Psycho-Analysis.

Holding and Interpretation: Fragment of An Analysis

D. W. Winnicott

Contents

Introduction (by M. Masud R. Khan) 1
Fragment of an Analysis 19
Withdrawal and Regression 187
References 193

Introduction

Some six months before Dr Winnicott's death in January 1971, a group of young Anglican priests invited him to come to talk to them. He accepted, and in a casual exchange of conversation they told him that what they needed guidance about was how to differentiate between a person who seeks their help because he is sick and needs psychiatric treatment, and one who is capable of helping himself through talking with them. Telling this story to me, Winnicott said that he had been taken aback by the awesome simplicity of their question. He had paused a long while, thought and then replied:

‘If a person comes and talks to you and, listening to him, you feel he is boring

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