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5.0 out of 5 stars A turning point in psychoanalysis, 5 Oct 2009
This review is from: The Child, the Family, and the Outside World (Penguin Psychology) (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars You can hear Winnicott's voice, 18 Dec 2008
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This review is from: The Child, the Family, and the Outside World (Penguin Psychology) (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Some very deep thoughts about twins, 2 Jan 1999
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Most of the short pieces in this book-a collection of BBC radio talks- are typical of Winnicotts comon-sense views on parents,children and education. The chapter about twins however really stands out and has more to say in five short pages than most other literature on the subject. The difference is that where others see twins more or less as freaks of nature on whom one can test ones ideas about the nature-nurture-issue, Winnicott sees them as individual persons. Where others stress the obvious fact of their similarity, Winnicott stresses that twins are two different persons right from the outset and that being a twin has its advantages, but also its drawbacks for the necessary task of developing ones own personality. he observes that while most twins get along well enough, they often did not manage to distance themselves enough to really love each other. This is a thought-provoking piece. Readers should not be deterred by the books slightly paternalistic tone wich probably went down well during the fifties but does not do so anymore.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Winnocott, 23 Feb 2009
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Ann Norris ""Winnocott"" (Sth, Kilkenny Ireland.) - See all my reviews
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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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