‘The importance of Michael Jacobs' book lies in his attempt to convey ... Winnicott's profound influence ... Jacobs rightly delights in the creativity and imagination of his subject and illustrates these with numerous quotations and descriptions from Winnicott's writings ... What is conveyed throughout the book is the essence of Winnicott ... [whose] gift was to make psychoanalytic language, methods and concepts more widely available, accepted and appreciated to a non-psychoanalytic world’ — British Psychological Society Counselling Psychology Review. One of the best-known British psychoanalysts, D W Winnicott attracts the interest of counsellors and psychotherapists far beyond the strict psychoanalytic tradition.

The Life of D. W. Winnicott

The Life of D. W. Winnicott
The life of D. W. Winnicott

There are in public life and letters certain figures who catch the imagination and evoke admiration, sometimes only on the basis of a small number of known facts about them, and a few well-chosen phrases uttered by them. Most of us in fact know little about such figures, although we imagine we know them well, because their names are frequently dropped into conversations. We quote them, as evidence of basic truths we hold important, although in truth we probably only have a few phrases of theirs in our minds, what modern jargon might call ‘sound-bites’. We have probably never read their books.

In the allied fields of counselling and psychotherapy one such figure is D. ...

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