Winnicott on the Child

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This delightful book presents a selection of D. W. Winnicott's best writing about children. The remarkable, enduring essays from Babies and Their Mothers and Talking to Parents are here combined with several hard-to-find gems of insight into the world of the child. Each piece was written for a wide audience of parents, childcare professionals, and teachers. In his empathic and witty way, Winnicott ranges over such timeless topics as the mother/infant relationship, trust, instilling a sense of security, ...
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Overview


This delightful book presents a selection of D. W. Winnicott's best writing about children. The remarkable, enduring essays from Babies and Their Mothers and Talking to Parents are here combined with several hard-to-find gems of insight into the world of the child. Each piece was written for a wide audience of parents, childcare professionals, and teachers. In his empathic and witty way, Winnicott ranges over such timeless topics as the mother/infant relationship, trust, instilling a sense of security, negativism, jealousy and moral development. Now, in one volume, anyone who cares about children can enjoy the wisdom of a man many consider to be the most important psychoanalyst since Freud.A Merloyd Lawrence Book
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Editorial Reviews

Oliver Sacks
He was a man who could be 'popular' and completely accessible without ever ceasing to be profound, a man who ranged audaciously far and wide in the realms of thought but who always came back to home base, the psychology of the child.
New York Times Book Review
Library Journal
Before Benjamin Spock and T. Berry Brazelton made a name for themselves, Winnicott (l896-1971) was considered the best pediatrician/psychoanalyst writing about children. The Briton made over 50 broadcasts for the BBC between 1939 and 1962 and wrote more than 20 works. Collected here for the first time in one volume are 26 of his best-known essays, all of which were previously published in one form or another. Spock, Brazelton, and Stanley Greenspan wrote introductions for each of the three sections ("Babies and Their Mothers," "Talking to Parents," and "The Child in the Family"). Winnicott is not an advice-dispenser; rather, he offers insights and observations into babies' emotions and intellect. He places high value on the role of a mother in nurturing her child's psychological development. While his style is conversational and gentle, he quietly probes the ideas of trust, security, jealousy, and early relationships. The result is worthy reading for mothers, students of child development, and others seeking something deeper than a quick-fix handbook.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, PA
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This volume reproduces 26 essays by the late child psychologist Winnicott. The essays seem primarily aimed at expectant and new parents, offering advice based on Winnicott's understanding of psychology and child development. With the exception of six essays on the child's life in the family, these essays have previously been published as Babies and Their Mothers (1987) and Talking to Parents (1993). Three heavyweights of the child development world (Brazelton, Greenspan, and Spock) provide introductions Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738207643
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 8/29/2002
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,511,252
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author


D. W. Winnicott (1896-1974), pediatrician and psychoanalyst, influenced several generations in the fields of child psychiatry, social work, and child development as well as psychoanalysis. He is known especially for his bold and brilliant imagination, and his unique, even poetic style.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Babies and Their Mothers
Introduction 3
Editors' Preface 9
1 The Ordinary Devoted Mother 11
2 Knowing and Learning 19
3 Breast-feeding as Communication 24
4 The Newborn and His Mother 32
5 The Beginning of the Individual 43
6 Environmental Health in Infancy 49
7 The Contribution of Psychoanalysis to Midwifery 56
8 Dependence in Child Care 65
9 Communication Between Infant and Mother, and Mother and Infant, Compared and Contrasted 70
Part 2 Talking to Parents
On Reading Winnicott 85
Editors' Preface 89
10 Health Education through Broadcasting 95
11 For Stepparents 99
12 What Do We Know about Babies as Cloth Suckers? 104
13 Saying "No" 108
14 Jealousy 122
15 What Irks? 139
16 Security 155
17 Feeling Guilty 160
18 The Development of a Child's Sense of Right and Wrong 167
19 Now They Are Five 171
20 The Building Up of Trust 178
Part 3 The Child in the Family
Introduction 191
21 Advising Parents 193
22 The Mother's Contribution to Society 202
23 The Family and Emotional Maturity 207
24 The Development of the Capacity for Concern 215
25 The Child in the Family Group 221
26 Children Learning 232
Original Source of Each Chapter 239
The Works of D. W. Winnicott 245
Index 247
Biographical Note 265
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2005

    Understanding for parents and care givers made accessible...

    in my opinion. This selection of Winnicott's essays offers a foundation for anyone seeking to understand and support the natural development of children and their parents. Winnicott's work and writing give us license to 'allow nature to take it's course.'

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