Pioneers in Object Relations Clinical Thinking:
Donald Woods Winnicott (1896 –1971)
On April 28th , we celebrate birthday of most loved contributor to the Object Relations clinical theory,
Donald Winnicott. Enjoy these quotes and share with others:
“Psychotherapy takes place in the overlap of two areas of playing, that of the patient and that of the therapist.
Psychotherapy has to do with two people playing together. The corollary of this is that where playing is not possible
then the work done by the therapist is directed towards bringing the patient from a state of not being able to play
into a state of being able to play.”
"The place where cultural experience is located is in the potential space between the individual and the environment
(originally the object). The same can be said of playing. Cultural experience begins with creative living first
manifested as play.”
“...every failed analysis is a failure not of the patient but of the analyst.”
“It is sometimes assumed that in health the individual is always integrated, as well as living in his own body, and
able to feel that the world is real. There is, however, much sanity that has a symptomatic quality, being charged
with fear or denial of madness, fear or denial of the innate capacity of every human being to become unintegrated,
depersonalized, and to feel that the world is unreal.”
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