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Athanassiou, C. (1991). Construction of a Transitional Space in an Infant Twin Girl. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 18:53-63.

(1991). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 18:53-63

Construction of a Transitional Space in an Infant Twin Girl

Cléopatre Athanassiou


The author attempts by an account of the very early treatment of a small twin girl to modify Winnicott's theory of transitional phenomena. On the basis of observation of this child, the author concludes that the child plays a more active part in the constitution of areas of transition between his mother and himself than Winnicott believed. The child has a minimum basic defence and anxiety in him, such that, although the object retains its transitional qualities, it sustains the illusion that the infant created it itself to a lesser extent than Winnicott believed.

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