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Among the best loved of modern psychoanalysts and perhaps most accessible of Britain's object relations school was Winnicott, a pediatrician turned psychoanalyst. The pieces in this collection (most previously unpublished and derived from talks to nonpsychiatrists) illustrate the scope of his concerns, the simplicity of his ideas about complex matters, and his inspired metaphorical linking of concepts. The essays range widelyfrom the healthy individual and family to a lovely piece on the "value of depression" and to some of his more basic concepts about the false self and the transitional object. The absence of jargon makes this work particularly inviting for laypersons. More informed readers may object to the lack of scholarly notes and to some of more "creative" intuitive leaps, but will soon be drawn in by Winnicott's many profound insights. Paul Hymowitz, Psychiatry Dept . , Cornell Medical Ctr.
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D.W. Winnicott (1896-1971) was the first paediatrician in Britain to train as a psychoanalyst. In over forty years of clinical practice at the Paddington Green Children's Hospital, he brought unprecedented skill to the relatively new discipline of the psychoanalysis of children. His work is increasingly being regarded as one of the most influential contributions to psychoanalysis since Freud. His wife, Clare, was a renowned social worker.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited (UK) (November 29, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140135634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140135633
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,726,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Eileen G. on August 3, 2000
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These essays were collected and published posthumously, by Winnicott's widow, Clare, and colleagues. British pediatrician, humanitarian, and ground-breaking psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott died in 1971, having made a nearly immeasurable contribution to the fields of psychoanalysis and child psychology. In this volume, as with his other writings, his ideas are deep, reverential and respectful, and often somewhat complex, and at the same time, his presentation is utterly simple and straightforward. The reader is fully engaged, as a result of Winnicott's incredible knack for connecting with his audience.
The lively and interesting papers comprising this utterly accessible collection were written over a wide span of time - three decades or more. The selections are varied, and have been separated for readerly convenience into several sections: "Health and Illness," "The Family," and, finally, "Reflections on Society." Some were written in order to be presented at meetings of the medical and/or psychoanalytic community; others, to various civic, political, and other groups (The Progressive League, The Liberal Magazine, The Borstal Assistant Governors' Conference, etc.)
The collection is various and interesting for its content but also for - not in spite of - its grab-bag feel. Winnicott was comfortable with his listeners, and never afraid to speak simply, clearly, and with his trademark empathy intact. In fact, that empathy was at the core of his work. There's a great variety in it, too. "The Price of Disregarding Psychoanalytic Research," a talk given in 1965, details the importance of his philosophy. ("The link between poetic truth and scientific truth is surely in the person, in you and me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Myles Ludwig on February 17, 2014
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A simple, yet superb compliment to psychodynamic therapy, and very helpful in understanding oneself. It is certainly an important work.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JR Crombez, Ph.D. on March 3, 2014
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There are a group of psychoanalysts that I recommend: WInnicott: Fromm: Horney. This Psychoanalyst really stands out as readable with good ideas.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sandra on August 14, 2013
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Need the book for college and got it cheaper than at the bookstore. Was also very quick at my house
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3 of 30 people found the following review helpful By vera on October 4, 2009
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i am not so sure that winnicott would have published the transcripts and texts included in the book - at least not in that form... probably a man with charisma, his lectures must have been very attractive but when you read the printed text, obviously unrevised - hmmm
and gee, i'm not a fan of feminists, but the allegations he makes on the poor women. it's funny at times but, let's face it, weather we like them or not, women can vote thanks to feminists...
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