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Vanier, A. (2012). Winnicott and Lacan: A Missed Encounter?. Psychoanal Q., 81(2):279-303.
  

(2012). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 81(2):279-303

Winnicott and Lacan: A Missed Encounter?

Alain Vanier

Translated by:
Kristina Valendinova

Winnicott was able to say that Lacan's paper on the mirror stage “had certainly influenced” him, while Lacan argued that he found his object a in Winnicott's transitional object. By following the development of their personal relations, as well as of their theoretical discussions, it is possible to argue that this was a missed encounter—yet a happily missed one, since the misunderstandings of their theoretical exchanges allowed each of them to clarify concepts otherwise difficult to discern.

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