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Reading Winnicott

June 2, 2012

“Through artistic expression we can hope to keep in touch with our primitive selves whence the most intense feelings and even fearfully acute sensations derive, and we are poor indeed if we are only sane.” – D. W. Winnicott

That’s just a footnote to a paragraph that itself is an aside on the psychosis-inducing power of a lack of sleep. Two pages later the thought rises up into the main text, the conscious text discussing the unconscious:
“Artistic creation gradually takes the place of dreams or supplements them, and is vitally important for the welfare of the individual and therefore for mankind.”

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