‘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 Overall Influence of D. W. Winnicott

The overall influence of D. W. Winnicott

Despite the temptation by some of those who write about Winnicott to elevate his status to a pioneer in his own generation of the same stature as Freud was in his, the last chapter in itself demonstrates how Winnicott's influence is in fact much more limited, since it is in psychoanalytic discourse that the criticisms of him have principally appeared. Outside that discipline Winnicott does not evoke anything like the same level of interest that Freud does: the level of criticism, however negative it may sometimes be, is a sure indication of the significance of a particular writer. Freud's ideas continue to provoke debate; and if his theories have triggered an explosion ...

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