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Friendships in Adult Life

“When we were in the car, quite suddenly, out of the blue, he said: “If only Melanie Klein had once, just once, said to me that she had learned something from Donald Winnicott, I would be satisfied.””

“In her notes, presumably for the section, ‘Friendships in Adult Life’, Klein writes:

Too devoted friendships… are probably unstable. A certain capacity to be satisfied with a certain amount of love and understanding without demanding too much… [is probably beneficial]. If friendship is so much needed for reassurance, for alleviating fears, for being helped and praised, [this is]… a great hindrance to a real friendship. A certain amount of self-sufficiency is needed and the capacity to share certain things with certain people may be the basis of good friendships. One may be an excellent friend with somebody who is not specifically interested in one’s line of work, even where work may mean a great deal to the person himself.”

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“The word glamour comes from the word grammar, and since the Chomskyan revolution the etymology has been fitting.”

Steven Pinker
The Language Instinct
The New Science of Language and Mind

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