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Posner, B.M. Glickman, R.W. Taylor, E.C. Canfield, J. Cyr, F. (2001). In Search of Winnicott's Aggression. Psychoanal. St. Child, 56:171-190.

(2001). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 56:171-190

In Search of Winnicott's Aggression

Beatrice Melmed Posner, M.S.S.S., Roslyn Wolfe Glickman, M.S.W., Eithne Coyle Taylor, M.S.W., Joyce Canfield, M.D. and Francine Cyr, Ph.D.

Going beyond Winnicott's widely known ideas about creativity, in this paper the authors ask why some people are able to live creatively while others suffer recurrent feelings of anger, futility, and depression. Examining Winnicott's reframing of aggression as a life force, it attempts to answer this question by tracing the evolution of his thinking on the nature and origin of aggression. It argues that because he saw aggression as inherent and as central to emotional development, interference in its expression compromises psychic maturation. The paper explores how Winnicott arrived at the conception of a combined love-strife drive and demonstrates that for him, there is no love without aggression, no subject, no object, no reality, and no creativity. That is, for Winnicott, aggression is an achievement that leads to the capacity to live creatively and to experience authenticity. Clinical vignettes illustrate the

therapeutic use of these conclusions and their value for psychoanalytic theory.

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