‘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.

Major Contributions to Theory

Major Contributions to Theory
Major contributions to theory
The Influences on Winnicott's Thinking

There are a number of senses in which we can say that Winnicott was an original thinker. The first sense is the obvious one, that he must be credited with certain concepts and methods of practice that are clearly his own: the idea of the transitional object and transitional phenomena is one example of this. The squiggle game is another, even if quite independently Robert Hobson (1985) later used virtually the same technique. The second sense in which he is original is in his ability to adapt, and to make his own, concepts and aspects of clinical practice which others had pioneered. Here we could cite the significant shift he makes in Sigmund Freud's ...

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