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A turning point in psychoanalysis
on 5 October 2009
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.