Psycho-Analytic Explorations

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9780946439683: Psycho-Analytic Explorations

As both a theoretician and clinician, Donald Winnicott left a legacy of concepts, ideas and attitudes whose importance continues to grow. In this volume the editors have assembled ninety-two works?half of them previously unpublished?that will be of particular interest to psychoanalysts and psychotherapists. Psycho-Analytic Explorations will stand as the sourcebook of Winnicott’s thought for those in his own field.

This collection spans the years from World War II to Winnicott’s death in 1971, and testifies to the wide range of his intellectual interests and clinical experience. It includes previously unpublished critiques of the ideas of Melanie Klein and comments on the work of other psychoanalysts, as well as clinical examples, case studies, and gems of thought extracted from his files. Many of the topics will be of direct use to clinicians: for example, play in the analytic situation, the use of silence; psychosomatic disorder, interpretation in analysis, and seven chapters on psychotherapy with children and adolescents. Other chapters treat such themes as the fate of the transitional object, fear of breakdown, the split-off male and female elements, the basis for self in body. Also included are Winnicott’s writing on convulsion therapy and leucotomy; his memoir by his widow, Clare; and, as a postscript, a talk he gave late in life discussing the influences that shaped his work.

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Donald Winnicott (1896-1971) was trained in paediatrics, a profession that he practiced to the end of his life, in particular at the Paddington Green Children's Hospital. He began analysis with James Strachey in 1923, became a member of the British Psycho-Analytical Society in 1935, and twice served as its President. He was also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and of the British Psychological Society.

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This is a special book. (C. V. Haldipur, M.D. American Journal of Psychotherapy)

Winnicott provides the reader with an exceptionally rich source of thoughts and ideas to 'play' with in ways similar to the children and adolescents he so thoughtfully studied. The inclusion of many here to fore unpublished papers provides the reader with a rare opportunity to eavesdrop on Winnicott as he works his way through patient interviews and reflects on the work of his contemporaries...This volume is a pleasure, both for its content and its insight into the psychoanalytic process. Winnicott's ability to eloquently communicate his thoughts and analyses makes it easy to understand his prominence in the post-World War II psychoanalytic arena. (William R. Jankel Science Books & Films)

As well as being informative, [this book] is a delight to read. Its value comes from the light it throws on Winnicott as a person and on the evolution of his ideas. In an initial 'Reflection,' Winnicott's wife, Clare, attempts 'to throw some light on D.W.W.'s capacity for playing' (p. 3). In so doing, she tells us a great deal about the man himself and his formative years...It is the playful quality of his writing style that makes it such a pleasure to read...All the important Winnicottian themes are represented in this book: honesty and deceiving, the uses of silence, psychosomatic disorders, the transitional object, fear of breakdown, orgastic pleasure, play in the analytic situation, regression, male and female elements of the self, envy, and, of course, the mother and the baby...Winnicott's technique emerges here with great clarity. As always, he moves back and forth between theory and clinical illustration with beautiful fluidity...All of the essays are fascinating. They are Winnicott in his shirtsleeves, and together they provide a unique supplement to our knowledge about a man who was a major contributor to psychoanalysis. (Sydney E. Pulver, M.D. Psychoanalytic Books)

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