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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (20 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415345464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415345460
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Winnicott was the greatest British psychoanalyst who ever lived. He writes beautifully and simply about the problems of everyday life - and is the perfect thing to read if you want to understand yourself and other people better." - Alain de Botton

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D.W. Winnicott (1896-1971). A renowned psychoanalyst and theorist, whose profound and original thought has had a lasting influence throughout the world. He was President of the British Psycho-Analytical Society and President of the Paediatric Section of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Graham Mummery TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Aug 2012
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I came to this book having found the authors more famous work The Child, the Family, and the Outside World (Penguin Psychology) was not for me. Nothing to do with the writing: Winnicott is an excellent writer. Not having been a parent, I just couldn't connect with it, something that is perhaps amplified by the fact that the earlier work is more addressed to mothers.

"Playing and Reality" was a different matter, being more scholarly. This is not to say that it is unapproachable, just identifying what qualities are on show. Indeed Winnicott is a most approachable figure. Humane, urbane, some times humorous, he make a refreshing change from the Germanic intensity of some psychoanalysts (e.g. Freud, and Klein), reminding us, for example, that no parent is perfect, though some, maybe most, are instinctively "good enough."

The concept of the "good enough parent" was not the only idea he introduced into psychoanalysis. Ideas such as the transitional object and the importance of play were pioneered by Winnicott and are discussed here and their importance in an infants adaptation to life. Later he discusses the basis of cultural experience, and the role of the Mother.

All in all this is an elegant summary of Winnicott's ideas by the man himself, of use both to student therapists in their studies as well as to the general reader.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alice on 27 Feb 2011
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Very readable. Covers transitional phenomena, dreaming, creativity, object relating, mirror role of mother /child, cultural experience and aspects of adolescent development and implications for higher education.Arrived promptly and in perfect condition - well protected in post.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christina F. M. Tang on 25 July 2011
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Dr Winnicott took us through another way to learn about child development. I would recommend this book for those who are interested in child development or just wanted to know more as a parent.
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etwas verbraucht aber dem Bedarf deckend, und angekommen wie versprochen.
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By jocelyn de lavigne on 22 Aug 2014
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The defiitive book on child psychology!Excellent.
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