Winnicott (Fontana Modern Masters) Paperback – 21 Jul 1997
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This short critical study is one of the best introductions to the British pediatrician and psychoanalyst who augmented object-relations theory and gave us the concept of the "good-enough" mother.
ÝAdam Phillips¨ has added his name with distinction to the growing literature on Winnicott...ÝHis¨ book presents a cohesive study of the major conceptual paradigms developed by Winnicott in his lifetime. -- Macario Giraldo "Psychiatry"
the critic has to disillusion and re-illusion the artist. In therapy, the analyst does it for the patient.
predecessors, Freud and Klein, and suggesting how personal preoccupations became theoretical arguments in Winnicott's intuitive and idiosyncratic mind.
poem "The Tree" for evidence of "his mother's depression, and her consequent inability to hold him.,."[This book] is written in the spirit of independent thinking that Winnicott himself fostered.
A distinguished addition to the growing body of literature on the most important native-born English psychoanalyst. Phillips is especially illuminating on Winnicott's life, drawing, for example, on Winnicott's late poem "The Tree" for evidence of "his mother's depression, and her consequent inability to hold him.,."[This book] is written in the spirit of independent thinking that Winnicott himself fostered.
[Adam Phillips] has added his name with distinction to the growing literature on Winnicott...[His] book presents a cohesive study of the major conceptual paradigms developed by Winnicott in his lifetime.--Macario Giraldo "Psychiatry "
A charming new book...that sums up the work of the British psychoanalyst D. W. Winnicott, the only major therapist I know of whose language would have pleased a poet...[Winnicott's] depiction of the beginning of human life is a kind of wry sublime. The infant's relation to his mother, he says, is one of utter ruthlessness. He uses her in an absolute way, as if this were her destiny. Gradually, by making herself less available to him, the mother "disillusions" the infant. Then, the wind knocked out of him, he is obliged to "reconsider" his ruthlessness...According to Mr. Phillips, Winnicott believed that this early experience sets a pattern for life, which is "a continual and increasingly sophisticated illusionment--disillusionment--re-illusionment process." Winnicott suggested that the artist's ruthlessness resembled, even repeated, the infant's. In the absence of a mother, the critic has to disillusion and re-illusion the artist. In therapy, the analyst does it for the patient.--Anatole Broyard "New York Times Book Review "
This beautifully written account explores the development of British psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott's thought. The author, a fellow Briton and a child psychotherapist, is both a sympathetic interpreter and a perceptive critic of Winnicott's ideas from both a therapeutic and a scientific perspective...Phillips praises Winnicott for his major theoretical contributions--transitional phenomena, primary creativity, ruthlessness, the antisocial tendency, and the "true and false self..".By deftly weaving bits of biographical information into the narrative, the author places Winnicott in historical perspective, illuminating his often tactfully disguised quarrels with his predecessors, Freud and Klein, and suggesting how personal preoccupations became theoretical arguments in Winnicott's intuitive and idiosyncratic mind.--Mary Hayden "Science Books and Films " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Given that Winnicott had a preference for plain language, it is regrettable that Phillips' preface and fairly lengthy introduction are rather dry in style, which may put off more casual readers. Fortunately, his writing style is more easily manageable in the main body of the book.
As Winnicott's focus was always on child developmental issues, it is more than appropriate that Phillips considers not only the facts of Winnicott's upbringing, but also Winnicott's own view of it (as expressed in published comments).
One particular chapter especially grabbed my attention. This is the one which looks at Winnicott's observations about children evacuated from their homes during World War II. Phillips examines how these unfortunate (and damaging) circumstances gave Winnicott the opportunity to learn a great deal about children's behaviour. What fascinates me personally is the parallel between these wartime experiences (and discoveries) and my own interest in the situation of children removed from their homes and placed in psychiatric units (of the kind that existed - broadly speaking - from the 1950s through to the mid-'90s).
Also of special interest for me, given how little I knew of Winnicott previously, is how familiar many of his ideas appear. Many parents will be familiar with some of his concepts from child rearing self-help books and parenting 'experts'.Read more ›
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Had to buy this for my uni course, but a great read for anyone who is interested in gaining a greater knowledge of self!!Published on 28 Jan. 2014 by George
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