Your True Self

Donald Winnicott, an English psychoanalyst and child psychiatrist. is known for the theory of the True and the False Self.The basic premise is that the True Self child from birth is is by nature asocial and amoral. I don’t think anyone really argues that point. An infant is in survival mode and can only express with movements and vocalizations that others have to try and interpret. They react with no basis of right or want, the actions are basic self expressions of needs. 

It’s the next step in his theory that leaves some people scratching their heads and others jumping all in. So let’s take a look a see where your belief systems falls. Dr. Winnicott believed that if your true self was not recognized and fully embraced you have to “go through” that stage again to find yourself. In his therapy he would walk adults back to that stage where all they could do was demand all the things they wanted or needed and receive it. Then his his theory states that you can find peace and become who you want to be and become whole and complete.

Let’s stop right here and have a little interaction. Let’s talk and figure out a few things. A person who has an excessive interest in or admiration of themselves is called a narcissist. 

  • Does Dr. Winnicott imply that you have to become narcissist before you can heal from not being a narcissist as an infant?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Does that make sense to you?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you know someone who is a narcissist?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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