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1. Can anybody understand what actually "the subject is depleted to the extend that something of the subject is found in the object" means?


2. Does "subject as an isolate" mean "subject as an isolated phenomenon"?


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The central thesis of Dr Winnicott's paper is the proposition that the use of an object constitutes a more advanced and sophisticated stage of development than does relating to an object. It is a paper wich continues the author's long-standing interest in the individual's capacity to find and then use the "external" world with its own independence and autonomy. Object-relating, to Winnicott, implies cathectic changes investing the object with meaning; and via projection and identification the subject is depleted to the extend that something of the subject is found in the object. It can be described in terms of the subject as an isolate. If the object is to be used, it must be part of a shared reality and not "a bundle of projections". In exploring the use of an object, the analyst must therefore concern himself with the nature of the object as a reality and not as a projection. According to Winnicott, object usage can be described only in terms of the object's independent existence. The clinical paradigm would refer "relating" to a baby who in fact is feeding at the breast, but psychically is feeding on the projected self; whereas, "usage" would have the baby feeding on (using) milk from a woman's breast (source ).

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cattttObject-relating, to Winnicott, implies cathectic changes investing the object with meaning; and via projection and identification the subject is depleted to the extend that something of the subject is found in the object.

The subject (observer) transmits some of his mental energy (using the powers of projection) to imbue the object (the observed) with meaning.

So the subject loses some energy (is depleted) and the object gains that same amount of energy / meaning that the subject has lost.

cattttIt can be described in terms of the subject as an isolate.

The subject by itself, alone, separated from all other things.

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Catttt, you're killing me. I think I understood that paragraph.

catttt1. Can anybody understand what actually "the subject is depleted to the extend that something of the subject is found in the object" means?

First, I think "extend" is a typo for "extent". It seems that this Winnicott has theories about how babies come to connect with the external world. The baby, the subject, starts out entirely internal, that is, everything around him he sees as part of him. When he is forced to recognize an external object as such, he loses a little piece of himself because the object was part of him at first.

catttt2. Does "subject as an isolate" mean "subject as an isolated phenomenon"?

The subject is the baby. The baby is isolated from everything else by virtue of his newborn condiition.

isolate: "an individual, population, strain, or culture obtained by or resulting from selection or separation" (MW)

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