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D.W. Winicott is the man who coined the phrase "the good-enough mother". And it is thanks to him that Psychoanalysis finally started to shift from a deploringly negative stance to a more optimistic and even somewhat practical approach to human psychology. Winnicott has a warmth to his prose which is unlike many of him contemporaries and it is his human quality which makes his books so easy to access. This book in particular, is addressed to mothers rather than to other practitioners in his field, again reflecting his sensitivity to the importance and value of the role of the mother. He credits mothers with their own ability and seeks to encourage rather than abash and demoralise, which was so more much the trend at the time. As a mother and practising psychotherapist, I hold this book close to my heart and encourage anyone to read it.
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on 18 December 2008
This book is completely timeless - a useful antidote to all those 'how to do it' baby books - which tells mums to trust their own gut instinct. Because this is based on some radio talks from the 1950s, you have to get through a slightly patronising tone to find that Winnicott is wise and direct about our earliest emotions. He even summarises 'object relations' theory in a wonderfully apt way. His own wide experiences with babies and mothers is also subtly informed by Melanie Klein's ideas about early psychological development.
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on 8 June 2015
good book . well enjoyed
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on 23 February 2009
Very good value. An eldery friend could not credit that I had purchased this book for 1p, What a great way to get value in these recessionary times.
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on 13 November 2015
Got it as expected.
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on 21 November 2015
Brilliant
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on 2 September 2015
Good to have a copy of this classic.
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on 24 February 2015
Fast delivery, as described. Thank you
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on 28 December 2014
very good
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