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DW Winnicott synthesized pediatrics and psychiatry to create his own way of treating disturbed children He did not hesitate to mix standard analytic method with other procedures that met the needs of specially primitive patients In a very unanalytical way he sometimes intervened directly into the patients daily life He aimed to provide more stability and security for those who functioned especially precariously or who exhibited the special needs of people with primitively organized personalities Monte p325 Winnicott seemed to become more personally invested in his patients lives than most doctors normally become It seems that he believed the stability he provided would make a difference in the treatment outcome of his patients The theory Winnicott eventually developed began in early infancy A mothers job is to protect the baby from impingements which are anything internally or externally based that impair normal development in the child Monte p338 These impairments could have been anything from the mother not responding to the babys smile to not helping the infant connect outside reality to the babys inside fantasy world One of his theories is that of the True and False self He formed this theory from two findings The first was his study of adult schizophrenic and borderline patients He found that some adults spent their lifetimes feeling not real and searching for their true selves The second was his study of children brought in by their parents for depression or anger The child was cheery and excited in the visits which puzzled Winnicott at first Eventually he came to the conclusion that the child was putting on a show to create the desired environment or at least what the child thought was the desired environment Many of these children used this false self to ward off their mothers depression and hatred The infant must feel safe to develop its true personality otherwise a false self appears to protect them from adverse things that are too
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