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Caldwell, L. Joyce, A. (2014). Essentially Winnicott: Creating Psychic Health. Brit. J. Psychother., 30(1):18-32.

(2014). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 30(1):18-32

Essentially Winnicott: Creating Psychic Health

Lesley Caldwell and Angela Joyce

The authors of this paper recognize the paradox of identifying with the body of work of D. W. Winnicott as it was essential to his view that each analyst has to become the analyst s/he is or can be. This is to avoid the dead hand of conformity and falsity. Nevertheless his work continues to inspire creative use with its concern with health and those conditions for its development. Both authors find themselves committed to history taking, to needing and taking time, to a willingness to wait before interpreting, to a recognition that the self derives originally from a bodily state of unintegration, that the body remains significant for the expression of self-states, to an understanding of aggression as not primarily associated with destructiveness, to attending to the state of mind in the analyst that encourages the establishment and maintenance of the analytic setting. Clinically their intention is to maintain a continuity within which psychic change can be facilitated, through an attention to the ongoing exchanges between both parties of the analytic relation. Several clinical examples are given from different settings to illustrate the presence of these tenets in their work.

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