'The importance of Michael Jacobs' book lies in his attempt to convey...Winnicott's profound influence...Jacobs rightly delights in the creativity and imagination of his subject and illustrates these with numerous quotations and descriptions from Winnicott's writings...What is conveyed throughout the book is the essence of Winnicott...[whose] gift was to make psychoanalytic language, methods and concepts more widely available, accepted and appreciated to a npsychoanalytic world' - British Psychological Society Counselling Psychology Review One of the best-kwn British psychoanalysts, D W Winnicott attracts the interest of counsellors and psychotherapists far beyond the strict psychoanalytic tradition in which he was trained. He coined many phrases that have entered the discourse of therapy, such as 'good eugh mother', 'transitional object' and 'facilitating environment'. Winnicott has had a profound impact on research into the mother-baby relationship, and his urthodox manner and sparkling writing style have attracted enthusiastic acclaim. In this book, Michael Jacobs summarizes Winnicott's life and explains his major theoretical concepts. He also rigorously evaluates his practice as a clinician - for example, the holding and management of deeply regressed patients. While highlighting Winnicott's brilliance and creativity, Jacobs is t afraid to scrutinize his contributions more critically. He also discusses criticisms others have made of Winnicott, tably within the psychoanalytic movement. The final chapter assesses the influence of Winnicott's thinking in other countries as well as in Britain.
Michael Jacobs is Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds and Bournemouth University, a Fellow of BACP and a UKCP registered psychotherapist.
SAGE Publications Ltd
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Biography: Science, Technology & Medical
Key Figures in Counselling and Psychotherapy Series