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Playing and Reality ❮PDF / Epub❯ ★ Playing and Reality ✓ Author D.W. Winnicott – What are the origins of creativity and how can we develop it whether within ourselves or in others Not only does Playing and Reality address these uestions it also tackles many that surround the funda What are the origins of creativity and how can we develop it whether within ourselves or in others Not only does Playing and Reality address these uestions it also tackles many that surround the fundamental issue of the individual self and its relationship with the outside world In this landmark book of twentieth century psychology Winnicott shows the reader how through the attentive nurturing of creativity from the earliest years every individual has Playing and MOBI :Ê the opportunity to enjoy a rich and rewarding cultural life Today as the 'hothousing' and testing of children begins at an ever younger age Winnicott's classic text is a urgent and topical read than ever before.

11 thoughts on “Playing and Reality

  1. Γιώργος Μπέλκος Γιώργος Μπέλκος says:

    Να διαβαστεί οπωσδήποτε

  2. Geoffrey Rhodes Geoffrey Rhodes says:

    Fantastic You really only need to read the first third of this book to get it but for me the basic ideas he is putting forward here are really life changing He is proposing a fundamental addition to the nature of our perception of reality inside outside and playspace between that I think is particularly fascintating for the artist the compulsive and the romantic

  3. Liz* Fashionably Late Liz* Fashionably Late says:

    It is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self

  4. FiveBooks FiveBooks says:

    Psychotherapist Dr Judith Edwards has chosen to discuss Playing and Reality by Donald Winnicott on FiveBooks as one of the top five on her subject Child Psychotherapy saying that Winnicott was the people’s psychoanalyst seeing mother and child as developing together within their relationship Winnicott’s Playing and Reality not published till after his death is a fine and illuminating collection of his major thinking important not only because of the work with children just pick any page and there is something to ponder such as the therapeutic use of string for instance or why a teddy bear may be alternately loved and abused by its child owner but because of the way he shows how the ‘transitional space’ which develops as the baby separates from the primary caretaker will later become ‘the location for cultural experience’ The full interview is available here

  5. Carlos Carlos says:

    This is another fave of mine I could never give a good description of what this book is about cause my understanding it is always changing and lacking at times

  6. Leah Leah says:

    Wonderful way of answering Freudian theories of creativityengaging essays on their own and also great for the lit classroom

  7. Marco Pontual Marco Pontual says:

    The writing is clear and unfussy blessedly free of psychobabble said no one ever about this book Winnicott is a big name in psychoanalysis oriented child psychology together with Melanie Klein and John Bowlby What they all have in common is the taking for granted that the relationship between the mother and the infant is what accounts for everything that goes wrong with the child psychologically speaking As far as I can tell their works are marked by a near total disregard for genetics and outside the home social factors or how the way a parent treats their child is also a reflection of how the child even when a baby “treats” the parent No In their books it all boils down to the shortcomings of a not good enough mother If you want to read a great critiue of this way of reasoning I recommend The Nurture Assumption Why Children Turn Out the Way They DoAnother point of divergence I have with the Freudians is their notion that you have to let your patient hate you that simply talking about it won’t do You have to survive their hatred the theory goes so that the patients see firsthand that they can express their ugly feelings and the world isn’t destroyed by it nor is your relationship with them As infants they repressed their bad feelings toward their parents lest they be abandoned or worse lest their bad feelings kill their parents Here’s the rationale on page 126 “This seuence can be observed 1 Subject relates to object 2 Object is in process of being found instead of placed by the subject in the world 3 Subject destroys object 4 Object survives destruction 5 Subject can use object The object is always being destroyed This destruction becomes the unconscious backcloth for love of a real object; that is an object outside the area of the subject’s omnipotent control Study of this problem involves a statement of the positive value of destructiveness The destructiveness plus the object’s survival of the destruction places the object outside the area of objects set up by the subject’s projective mental mechanisms In this way a world of shared reality is created which the subject can use and which can feed back other than me substance into the object”Just a note on style this is Winnicott when he is writing at his clearest End of noteI think the notion that living a difficult experience with a therapist who is hopefully mature than the people the patient grew up with is healing is nearly a given in this day and age I just believe it’s likely to work if I explain to him what we’re doing ie talking about difficult feelings to bring them to light Just by being there acceptingly and not freaking out I think the message that it is ok to feel that way is readily transmitted Attempting to conceal my strategies hoping that the patient will continue to see me while they hate my guts would surely guarantee only people with strong attachment issues would continue as patients and I do intend to keep as patients also those functional individuals Winnicott on the other hand laments the one situation when he had to let the cat out of the bag because he wouldn’t be seeing this teenager again – but don’t be alarmed he tells us for she was mature beyond her years and managed to improve from the cognitive understanding of it alone One would think this situation would make him consider changing strategies at least in some cases But no he’s a Freudian all right At a certain point he actually non ironically recommends you make sure your patient ISN’T CARRYING A GUN while you provoke him to his limit I had to laughAnother common reaction I have when reading transcripts of psychoanalysis sessions is that of well cringe I feel as if I’m watching teenagers play DD or cosplaying They seem not to mind blatantly role playing There’s even the reciting of classical poems sometimes whose reference and symbolism our scholarly therapist never misses I really don’t have the stomach for that but I’m sure many people do On page 119 Winnicott writes “I am now ready to go straight to the statement of my thesis It seems I am afraid to get there as if I fear that once the thesis is stated the purpose of my communication is at an end because it is so very simple” I’m really the opposite I think I like talking to my patients the way normal people talk I’m with Irvin Yalom when he says in The Gift of Therapy An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients “Blank slate? Forget it Be real” I also have reservations when I read analysts saying they treated a patient for 3 5 or 10 years and the treatment was a success Add to that that in this case we are often talking about 3 to 12 year olds Are you sure they didn’t simply grow up?The main theme of the book and the most famous of Winnicott’s contribution to psychotherapy as far as I’m aware is his theory of transitional objects He postulated that children don’t go from momma to other people They go from momma to objects a toy or whatever and then from toy to other people and the process of being able to move to the representation of momma in objects is an accomplishment in itself and many children have difficulty withI think I needn't say reading this was a chore It had its pages of relief 15%? but the rest was a jargon fest On the bright side I’m happy I won't be lost from now on when people mention Winnicott to me

  8. Sibel Kaçamak Sibel Kaçamak says:

    Alison Bechdel'in Annem Sen Misin? grafik romanını okuduktan sonra listeye aldığım başka şeyleri araya sıkıştırmaktan bir türlü fırsat bulamadığım kitabı nihayetinde okudum Çabuk okunan bir ritmi yok fakat bu anlama zorluğundan ileri gelmiyor Satır satır hazmetme işlemi var Yavaş ama çok keyifli gitti Hem kendi anılarım hem başkalarının anlattıkları birer birer hafızama geri geldi Ayrıca bir çok davranış biçiminin gerisindeki mantığı anlamakta çok faydalı oldu Bir çok kere okunabilir

  9. Marty Babits Marty Babits says:

    This is one of the most important books on the subject of psychotherapy I've read Winnicott is a poet He writes in images and often with a lot of jargon that is thick and hard going However when he makes a discovery and he makes uite a few it's like he's journeyed to the center of the Earth and come back to reveal what the foundation beneath the foundation of reality is all about As a therapist who has been practicing over twenty five years he is probably my greatest inspiration His perspective turns on appreciation of the creativity and imagination that is part and parcel of psychological development He gives therapist a way to think about authenticity and spontaneity that pushes away from preconceived notions about what is 'normal' or 'abnormal' and towards what is inventive and creative in our lives as opposed to what is deadening or deadened Known before making his reputation as a psychoanalyst as an outgoing pediatrician who spoke regularly on radio and published essays to explicate childhood development In a time when theories that blamed mothers for problems their children were experiencing Winnicott set out to reassure and support mothers this is a classic work Probably not of great interest to too many who are not in the therapy profession but nonetheless a groundbreaking work

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