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Chapter Thirteen - A Summary of the Evolution of Winnicott's Thinking in that of his Analytic “Grandchildren”

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Marion Milner's analytic “children”

Pearl King

Pearl King has been celebrated for her significant contribution to psychoanalysis worldwide. Like Winnicott she is a committed clinician, an independent and pluralistic thinker, a bridge builder, motivated communicator, preoccupied with a collaborative stance with parents, with non-dogma, and a supporter of fair systems.

As an archivist, King always introduced the dimension of time to her work, to training novice psychoanalysts in Winnicott's important technique of waiting, in his idea of transitional space with a fifty-year case study, and in his idea of true self living in the patient's relation to time, in lifecycle issues and treatment of the elderly in psychoanalysis.

Amongst King's contributions to the evolution of Winnicott's thinking is her personification of a re-connection with Klein and a link with Rickman and Erikson. She connects psychoanalysis to its past, to industrial and clinical psychology, and to the psychotherapists transferring to psychoanalytic practice. She gives us a glimpse of Winnicott as both a supervisor and collaborator on the fifty-year-long case. She embodies a link between Michael Balint and Winnicott to the extent that both supervised her. Those concepts of Winnicott's that she expands include: subjectivity, inherited potential, transitional space, and true self related to sense of time.

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Chapter Eleven - The Paternal Function in Winnicott: The Psychoanalytical Frame, becoming Human

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Haydée Faimberg

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments.

Shakespeare, Sonnet 116


I encountered Winnicott's thinking very late. In a seminar that I had been conducting for some years at the Paris Psychoanalytical Society I proposed Holding and Interpretation: Fragment of an Analysis (1986), with the aim of identifying the basic assumptions implicit in Winnicott's detailed notes and discovering how he approached patients.

It has been an extraordinary creative experience to encounter Winnicott's thinking as an as yet undiscovered “presence” in me. At the same time it seems strange to say this, considering that I had had two other significant encounters with his thinking. I had proposed that Winnicott in his paper “Fear of breakdown” had been thinking and interpreting in terms of the Freudian concept of psychic temporality, Nachträglichkeit. Neither he nor other authors had ever established such a link up to then (Faimberg, 1998/2012). The temporality implied in “Fear of breakdown” became for me the paradigm of this concept (though Winnicott never used the term).

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Chapter Three - Relative Dependence: The Distance between

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Recall the beginning of the last chapter, where I quoted Kenneth Wright, who says: “Separating out has two main aspects—the growth of a boundary, and the development of distance between self and other” (1991, p. 60). We have dealt in the last chapter with the growth of a boundary, so we are now ready to examine the nature of the developing “distance between”. Again, we do this by looking at the parallels between the nursing and the analytic couples.

In the previous chapter, by virtue of the mother's good enough holding, we have seen how the rudimentary boundary between the “me” and the “not me” begins to emerge during the stage of absolute dependence. In this chapter, I look at the stage of relative dependence, where this boundary from the last stage is strengthened, and how the third area or space between the nursing couple is established. First, I look at the concepts relating to transitional phenomena by which the baby emerges from unity with the mother and manages the interaction of his inner and outer reality. Next, I examine the baby's maturational changes. These integrate his idea of the mother, making him aware of his indebtedness, and allowing the development of the transitional space—the “distance between” in which experience builds and the nature of the other is appreciated. I visit the changing mother function with a section on each of her three tasks: holding, object-presenting, and handling. Here, the mother completes the necessary disillusionment whilst presenting himself, herself, and the world to the baby in “managed and manageable” doses. Finally, I look at this stage in the analytic space. I look at the evidence for transitional phenomena before exploring the implications of deficits in environmental provision at this stage, first for the patient's growth, and then for the analyst's function.

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CHAPTER EIGHT A measure of agreement: an exploration of the relationship of Winnicott and Phyllis Greenacre

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A measure of agreement: an exploration of the relationship of Winnicott and Phyllis Greenacre*

Nellie L. Thompson


his paper investigates hitherto unexplored connections between Winnicott and Phyllis

Greenacre (1894–1989). I first became aware of their relationship while reading Winnicott’s paper “The use of an object and relating through identifications” published after his death in Playing and Reality (Winnicott, 1971). The earliest version of this paper, simply titled “The use of an object”, was presented to a scientific meeting of the New York Psychoanalytic Society on

12 November 1968, the proceedings of which have become mired in myth and controversy. The paper evoked respectful but deeply perplexed reactions from the three discussants: Samuel

Ritvo, a prominent child and adolescent analyst, Bernard Fine, a training analyst, and Edith

Jacobson, author of The Self, the Object and the Outside World (1964).

A report by David Milrod admirably conveys how the evening’s participants understood

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CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT “Oedipus, schmedipus: so long as he loves his mother”: teaching Winnicott to a non-analytic audience

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“Oedipus, schmedipus: so long as he loves his mother”: teaching Winnicott to a non-analytic audience

Bernard Barnett

I’ve found the most valuable thing has been having to lecture to people who aren’t analysts … having to lecture to social workers and teachers and parents and all sorts of people is tremendously important. Somebody, perhaps a parent or social worker said “Look here,

I understand this about reaching back over the gap for the object [i.e., mother or father], but you haven’t described why another kind of anti-social tendency is destructive”. And it took me three or four years to come round to the very simple thing, which is of course that there are two kinds of deprivation. One is in terms of loss of object and the other is in terms of loss of frames, loss of controls. In a sense you could say loss of mother and loss of father—the paternal father not the standing-in-for-mother father. The thing is the frame, the strength—the deprivation in terms of that. Then a very complicated thing happens when the child becomes all right and begins to feel confidence in a man or a structure or an institution. He begins to break things up to make quite sure that the framework can hold. This showed me that the antisocial tendency has two aspects to it.

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