‘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 Practice
Winnicott's papers demonstrate that his contributions to the development of theory come from an extensive and deeply rooted clinical experience. The dedication of Playing and Reality (1971a) is ‘To my patients who paid to teach me’. In the introduction to the same book Winnicott writes that ‘direct clinical observations of babies … have indeed been the basis for everything I have built up into theory’ (1971a: xiii). Similarly, in the preface to his Collected Papers: Through Paediatrics to Psycho-Analysis, he describes his contributions as ‘testing out my own ideas as they came to me in the course of my clinical work’ (1975: ix). There are a large number of papers, but only just over half were ...