This book offers a most interesting view of the application of the Winnicott squiggle game outside the context of therapeutic consultations. It concentrates on describing the inner mechanisms for coping which came to light in the psychoanalytical squiggle interviews with the children.
Foreword -- Introduction: practice and theory of the squiggle game -- Gifts from an angel: will there be rescue from danger? -- Whale, camel or giraffe with a balloon of a tummy? -- Of pirates and their treasures: the child analyst as archaeologist and treasure hunter -- Deep impact: "They are all nutcases" -- A lion and a broken comb: problematic identification with the father after a traumatic previous history -- The oh-so-good angel and the sock -- The rattlesnake with a knot in its tail -- How do sea monsters help against bed-wetting? -- The king's castle, the mother's rucksack. The wish for the Other on facing death -- Ghosts, babies and Chinese porcelain cups. Fear, fragility and the wish to be beautiful -- Scribbling as an activity done together: squiggle pictures as tangible objects in the outside world -- The rift in the earth and the king's wicked son. The threatening experience of psychosis -- Psychoanalytical access to children under extreme stress: squiggle interviews in research