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Marion Milner (1900–1998) was a British psychoanalyst whose work spans much of the 20th century. The youngest of three children, Nina Marion Blackett, was born in 1900 in London, United Kingdom, to Arthur Blackett and Caroline Maynard. She was raised in a conventional, middle-class Edwardian household that was affected by her parents’ troubled marriage and her mother’s depression. Early on, young Milner expressed a love for nature and art, interests that followed her into adulthood. She studied at a Montessori nursery school training college and, after 1 year, began a university degree in psychology and physiology. At this time, Milner encountered Sigmund Freud’s ideas about the unconscious in a course taught by a psychoanalyst and later, through the work of Susan Isaacs, whom she ...

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