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Some Pathological Processes Set in Train by Early Mother-Child Separation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 February 2018

John Bowlby*
Affiliation:
The Tavistock Clinic, London

Extract

It is charactersitic of mental ill-health that the individual's capacity to make continuous co-operative relations with others is impaired. In the psychoses and psychopathic conditions this is unmistakable; in the neuroses it is sometimes less so, and there are even neurotic patients who seem to be especially kind and co-operative. But we know that they only achieve this behaviour at great cost of effort, anxiety and guilt and that, if they break down, they can be very hostile and withdrawn.

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Part I.—Original Articles
Copyright
Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1953 

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