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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications UK (31 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803985967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803985964
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael Jacobs was for many years Director of the counselling and psychotherapy courses in the Department of Adult Education, University of Leicester. In developing those courses he published a number of key texts which are used in other training courses - notably The Presenting Past (Open University Press, 2006, 3rd edition) and Psychodynamic Counselling in Action (Sage, 2010 4th edition). He has also written a number of other books (Sigmund Freud and D.W Winnicott in the Sage series) and edited three series for Open University Press - such as Core Concepts in Therapy. More recently he has written two books in the UKCP/Karnac series, Shakespeare on the Couch, and Our Desire of Unrest.

Nowadays Michael has a small private practice and has largely decided he has written enough!! He is however a visiting Professor at the University of Leeds and Bournemouth University, and he does a small amount of teaching, runs workshops, and works with a number of enterprises related to counselling and psychotherapy. He has also embarked on a Ph.D with the Open University researching psychoanalytic interpretations of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. But he also enjoys the more ordinary world of his home town of Swanage, Dorset, where he is Deputy Station Manager of the local Coastwatch station, and a trustee of a couple of charities, as well as company secretary of Swanage Pier. He teaches a course annually called Film on the Couch, which has a small dedicated following.

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`A readable and informative book... comparisons and criticisms are refreshing and help put Winnicott in context with others' - Therapeutic Communities

`A good introduction to Winnicott's key ideas. It provides a survey of the scope of his ideas, and a critical appraisal of their place and value in the context of the helping professions... Jacobs' book makes for easy reading... social workers, psychologists and child-care workers who are curious about Winnicott's contribution, but not sure where to start, would do well to start here' - Psychology in Society

`The importance of Michael Jacobs' book lies in his attempt to convey - to a readership not necessarily familiar with current psychoanalytic thinking - Winnicott's profound influence... Jacobs rightly delights in the creativity and imagination of his subject and illustrates these with numerous quotations and descriptions from Winnicott's writings... What is conveyed throughout the book is the essence of Winnicott... [whose] gift was to make psychoanalytic language, methods and concepts more widely available, accepted and appreciated to a non-psychoanalytic world. He emerges from the book as that rare being, a positive and personable psychoanalyst' - British Psychological Society Counselling Psychology Review

`Raises questions and challenges assumptions in a way which is bound to tempt many readers to delve deeper' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

`Immensely readable... Jacobs' book on Winnicott is not only an enjoyable read... but it is also well-researched and conveys the essential nature of the man and his approach to his work with both children and adults. I felt at the end I knew him more intimately - his strengths and weaknesses, his biases and foibles - as well as having him more securely placed in the psychoanalytic theoretical matrix, and knowing more about his influence and how he in turn was influenced... Winnicott's well-known phrases - "the good enough mother", "the transitional object", "the facilitating environment" - are all examined, along with the spatula game and the use of the squiggle. These Winnicottian "phenomena" are set within their contexts, often with engaging examples of how he arrived at these concepts and ideas, which add substance and understanding. Indeed, Jacobs' examples of Winnicott's practice - in particular, how he worked with children - are particularly illuminating and absorbing to read... This text provides all the essential information on Winnicott... I wholeheartedly recommend it' - British Journal of Guidance & Counselling

`[A] comprehensive assessment of Winnicott's work and influence' - Self & Society

About the Author

Michael Jacobs is Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds and Bournemouth University, a Fellow of BACP and a UKCP registered psychotherapist.

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Very good summary of Winnicott's work and a great starting place from which to explore.
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