Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To sort articles by Rankā€¦

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

You can specify Rank as the sort order when searching (it’s the default) which will put the articles which best matched your search on the top, and the complete results in descending relevance to your search. This feature is useful for finding the most important articles on a specific topic.

You can also change the sort order of results by selecting rank at the top of the search results pane after you perform a search. Note that rank order after a search only ranks up to 1000 maximum results that were returned; specifying rank in the search dialog ranks all possibilities before choosing the final 1000 (or less) to return.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Pringle, R. (1988). The Holding. Free Associations, 1O(14):90-95.

(1988). Free Associations, 1O(14):90-95

The Holding

Robert Pringle

In an environment that holds the baby well enough, the baby is able to make personal development according to the inherited tendencies. The result is a continuity of existence that becomes a sense of existing, a sense of self, and eventually results in autonomy.

Winnicott, 1986, p. 28

The following account describes the author's experience of such a personal development occurring during a psychoanalysis. Here the autonomy of the self arises within the analyst's provision of a ‘holding environment’.


Always a leaving, always a parting.

The door has closed and walls are falling.

To go on the outside,

to step in the cold sea of the room's edge.

Here are torn sands of whispering eyes —

of no world,

of a beach tossed from the sky

To wait until the next day —

wait upon a day, upon a sun.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.