D W. Winnicott

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One of the best-known British psychoanalysts, D W Winnicott attracts the interest of counsellors and psychotherapists far beyond the strict psychoanalytic tradition in which he was trained. He coined many phrases that have entered the discourse of therapy, such as 'good enough mother', 'transitional object' and 'facilitating environment'. Winnicott has had a profound impact on research into the mother-baby relationship, and his unorthodox, controversial manner and sparkling ...

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Overview

One of the best-known British psychoanalysts, D W Winnicott attracts the interest of counsellors and psychotherapists far beyond the strict psychoanalytic tradition in which he was trained. He coined many phrases that have entered the discourse of therapy, such as 'good enough mother', 'transitional object' and 'facilitating environment'. Winnicott has had a profound impact on research into the mother-baby relationship, and his unorthodox, controversial manner and sparkling style of writing have attracted enthusiastic acclaim.

In this book, Michael Jacobs summarizes Winnicott's life and explains his major theoretical concepts. He also rigorously evaluates his practice as a clinician - for example, the holding and management of deeply regressed patients. While highlighting Winnicott's brilliance and creativity, Jacobs is not afraid to scrutinize his contributions more critically. He also discusses criticisms others have made of Winnicott, notably within the psychoanalytic movement. The final chapter assesses the influence of Winnicott's thinking in other countries as well as in Britain.

This book is essential reading for practitioners, trainers and students of counselling, psychotherapy, counselling psychology and clinical psychology

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Michael Jacobs is Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds and Bournemouth University, a Fellow of BACP and a UKCP registered psychotherapist.

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Table of Contents

The Life of D W Winnicott
Major Contributions to Theory
Major Contributions to Practice
Criticisms and Rebuttals
The Overall Influence of D W Winnicott
A Select Bibliography of Winnicott's Works

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