1st Edition

Winnicott and Paradox From birth to creation

    198 Pages
    by Garland Science

    Winnicott stressed the importance and the peculiarity of paradox in human development, as well as the necessity of supporting and accepting it. As Masud Khan points out in his foreword to the book, Winnicott emphasized the many ways in which paradox formed a part of his own life, from the very beginning; and we find its application throughout his work, both in his practice and in the way he expresses his theoretical thoughts. The book begins with a preface by Simone Decobert, who very vividly describes the first impact of Winnicott's striking personality on her. In her preface, Dr Decobert speaks about the preconceived ideas circulating in Paris about Winnicott's work, and the way he explained, almost defended, his ideas in the early sixties. She examines some of the criticism levelled at the introduction of the parameter of external reality in treatment, the notion of 'holding', as well as the question concerning the variations in technique.

    Preface 1 There's no such thing as an infant! 2 The child and his fantasies 3 Fear of breakdown 4 The self and communication 5 Winnicott the clown 6 Creativity: transitional phenomena and transitional objects


    Anne Clancier, physician, psychoanalyst, and author of psychoanalytic work on art and literature, has long experience of therapy with both adults and children. Jeannine Kalmanovitch, the translator of most of Winnicott's work into French and a close friend of his.