Silence, Withdrawal, and Contact in the Schizoid Process

Marye O'Reilly Knapp

Abstract


Silence, withdrawal, and contact as related to the schizoid condition is considered.
Winnicott’s theory of impingement, an understanding of the encapsulated self, and
withdrawal from contact are used as the basis for therapeutic interventions. Case
vignettes demonstrate the impact of contact with the client who is silent and
withdraws.


Keywords


Impingement; encapsulated self; silence; withdrawal; case examples.

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