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few months infants of either sex become fond of playing with dolls, and that Part 2 () and in D. W. Winnicott, Collected Papers: Through. Paediatrics to. Playing and Reality. D. W. WINNICOTT. First published by. Tavistock Publications Ltd. Reprinted four times. First published in the USA in paperback in . in that book winnicott introduces the notions of the transitional objects, creativity and the substance of object relationships. Originally published: London: Tavistock Publications, Other editions of this book may be available.
Alice had "severe psychological difficulties" and Winnicott arranged for her, and his own therapy, to address the difficulties this condition created. In he began a ten-year psychoanalysis with James Strachey , and in he began training as an analytic candidate. Strachey discussed Winnicott's case, unethically, with his wife Alix Strachey. Strachey reported that Winnicott's sex life was damaged by erectile problems and his fear of women's genitals. Winnicott rose to prominence just as the followers of Anna Freud were battling those of Melanie Klein for the right to be called Sigmund Freud 's true intellectual heirs. Winnicott's home - Chester Square Belgravia During the Second World War, Winnicott served as consultant psychiatrist to the evacuee programme. During the war, he met and worked with Clare Britton , a psychiatric social worker who became his colleague in treating children displaced from their homes by wartime evacuation.
Winnicott died on 25 January , following the last of a series of heart attacks and was cremated in London. Clare Winnicott oversaw the posthumous publication of several of his works. Winnicott considered that the "mother's technique of holding, of bathing, of feeding, everything she did for the baby, added up to the child's first idea of the mother", as well as fostering the ability to experience the body as the place wherein one securely lives.
By "playing", he meant not only the ways that children of all ages play, but also the way adults "play" through making art, or engaging in sports, hobbies, humour, meaningful conversation, et cetera. At any age, he saw play as crucial to the development of authentic selfhood, because when people play they feel real, spontaneous and alive, and keenly interested in what they're doing.
He thought that insight in psychoanalysis was helpful when it came to the patient as a playful experience of creative, genuine discovery; dangerous when patients were pressured to comply with their analyst's authoritative interpretations, thus potentially merely reinforcing a patient's false self.
Winnicott believed that it was only in playing that people are entirely their true selves, so it followed that for psychoanalysis to be effective, it needed to serve as a mode of playing. Two of the techniques whereby Winnicott used play in his work with children were the squiggle game and the spatula game. Babies can be playful when they're cared for by people who respond to them warmly and playfully, like a mother who smiles and says, "Peek-a-boo!
If the mother never responded playfully, sooner or later the baby would stop trying to elicit play from her.
Indeed, Winnicott came to consider that "Playing takes place in the potential space between the baby and the mother-figure Winnicott pointed out that no one demands that a toddler explain whether his Binky is a "real bear" or a creation of the child's own imagination, and went on to argue that it's very important that the child is allowed to experience the Binky as being in an undefined, "transitional" status between the child's imagination and the real world outside the child.
In health, the child learns to bring his or her spontaneous, real self into play with others; in a false self disorder, the child has found it unsafe or impossible to do so, and instead feels compelled to hide the true self from other people, and pretend to be whatever they want instead.
For example, where other psychoanalysts used the Freudian terminology of ego and id to describe different functions of a person's psychology, Winnicott at times used "self" to refer to both.
For Winincott, the self is a very important part of mental and emotional well-being which plays a vital role in creativity. He thought that people were born without a clearly developed self and had to "search" for an authentic sense of self as they grew.
This experience of aliveness is what allows people to be genuinely close to others, and to be creative. Winnicott thought that the "True Self" begins to develop in infancy, in the relationship between the baby and its primary caregiver Winnicott typically refers to this person as "the mother".
One of the ways the mother helps the baby develop an authentic self is by responding in a welcoming and reassuring way to the baby's spontaneous feelings, expressions, and initiatives.
He is proposing a fundamental addition to the nature of our perception of reality inside, outside, and playspace between , that I think is particularly fascintating for the artist, the compulsive, and the romantic. Winnicott uses creativity and play in a way that, at first sight seems a bit wishy-washy and airy-fairy.
He equates play with aliveness and health, but, as you read on, his theory of play has more to do with non-compliance. Smallness, everydayness, ordinariness. He talks about breathing as an activity where we can play! He reminds me of Charles Simic who sees lyric poetry as a revolutionary tool against strident, heroic, Fascist, totalitarian politics. His definition of creativity can never be espoused by an expert on creativity because it would be impossible to be an expert on something which sought to constantly undermine itself.
How does Winnicott deal with this slipperiness?
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