Playing and Reality from Winnicott investigates the origin and place of creativity in the earliest years of life. It is a book written by an influential British psychoanalyst who, as the story goes, happened to have participated in judging Lacan’s work ethics at the time when the latter was being excommunicated from the International Psychoanalyst Association.
Having begun his career as a
Winnicott’s work belonged to Object Relations Theory, and thus in this respect was joined by Melanie Klein. The association is less meant to produce a positive reaction than to evoke criticism. The shadow hovering above British psychoanalysis may be seen to be one of knowing, if not practically in advance, what the subject has formulated in his or her mind.
Regardless, Winnicott’s Playing and Reality belongs on the psychoanalyst shelf along with all the authors mentioned on this website. It is for the reader and analyst to make up his own mind regarding the significance of this analyst theoretical import.
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- Paperback: 214 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (20 Jan. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415345464
- ISBN-13: 978-0415345460