Reading Winnicott brings together a selection of papers by the psychoanalyst and paediatrician Donald Winnicott, providing an insight into his work and charting its impact on the well-being of mothers, babies, children and families.
With individual introductions summarising the key features of each of Winnicott’s papers this book not only offers an overview of Winnicott’s work, but also links it with Freud and later theorists. Areas of discussion include:
As such Reading Winnicott will be essential reading for all students wanting to learn more about Winnicott’s theories and their impact on psychoanalysis and the wider field of mental health.
"Re-investing in Winnicott through the scholarship and clinical acumen of two present day psychoanalysts and reading him through the data and the interpretation their text affords, offers the reader the benefit of a serious and impressive contribution, not, in my view, attempted so wide-rangingly or so comprehensively before." - Helen Taylor Robinson, From the Preface.
"This is a lucid, scholarly addition to the growing literature on Winnicott's unique perspective on psychoanalysis and on the development of a human person." - Geraldine Shipton, University of Sheffield , UK
The Observation of Infants in a Set Situation (1941). Primitive Emotional Development (1945). Hate in the Countertransference (1947). Mind and its Relation to the Psyche-Soma (1949). Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena (1951; 1971). Metapsychological and Clinical Aspects of Regression Within the Psychoanalytical Set-up (1954). The Theory of the Parent-infant Relationship (1960). The Development of the Capacity for Concern (1963). Communicating and Not Communicating Leading to a Study of Certain Opposites (1963). Fear of Breakdown (1963). A Clinical Study of the Effect of a Failure of the Average: Expectable Environment on a Child’s Mental Functioning (1965). Playing: A Theoretical Statement (1968). The Use of an Object and Relating Through Identifications (1968). Creativity and its Origins (1971).
Through the Teaching subseries, the New Library of Psychoanalysis publishes books that provide comprehensive, yet accessible, overviews of selected subject areas aimed at those studying psychoanalysis and related fields such as the social sciences, philosophy, literature and the arts.