Quotation by D.W. Winnicott

If you could choose your parents,... we would rather have a mother who felt a sense of guilt—at any rate who felt responsible, and felt that if things went wrong it was probably her fault—we'd rather have that than a mother who immediately turned to an outside thing to explain everything, and said it was due to the thunderstorm last night or some quite outside phenomenon and didn't take responsibility for anything.
D.W. Winnicott (20th century), British child psychiatrist. A collection of previously unpublished essays and radio broadcasts from 1961. Health Education Through Broadcasting, ch. 8 (1993).
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