‘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.

Criticisms and Rebuttals

Criticisms and rebuttals


Winnicott is essentially a writer for those in the caring professions, although it is rare to find anyone outside psychoanalysis and psychotherapy taking issue with him. His name may have become a by-word in the related field of counselling, but his ideas attract little actual debate (even if some of them become catch-phrases) within that related profession. He has also made little impact on wider intellectual culture. This is in itself an indication that he is not of the stature of Freud, with whom some would compare him. There is not, even within the other major related discipline of psychology, any great degree of interest in his ideas; if behaviourism (represented by, for example, Eysenck) continues to have running battles ...

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