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Human Nature

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Winnicott's ideas are scattered through numerous clinical papers and popular expositions. He made only one attempt to write an overview of his ideas, and this is it. As he says in the introduction, 'I intend to make a statement of human nature which gathers together the various types of experience which have been mine.'
Hardcover, 189 pages
Published April 12th 1988 by Schocken (first published January 19th 1988)
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Toby Newton
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful insight on every page - Winnicott, as much as anyone, seems to understand the ineluctable constraints and suffering of the basic human predicament. This ruminative, discursive text traces them to their instinctual core. The travails of the god-worm ... painful sometimes, disheartening, arduous but with their compensations.
Marek Benes
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great book. Thanks to Winnicott I was able to understand how experiences from prenatal and then early childhood period can possibly influence human psychological development. Especially many little things, such as letting the child lie naked on mothers chest, so that it can observe her and his breathing rhytm to note the one from the end of the book. I think that the way he looks the treatment of newly borns was in his time very advanced and modern. In times when early separation of child from m ...more
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychoanalysis
"Probably the greatest suffering in the human world is the suffering of normal or healthy or mature persons."

A really nice summary of Winnicott's ideas, although it doesn't replace the essays and articles. Human nature is here a process of emotional growth, separation and connection of self and environment, and of course the important patterns and conflicts occur in early childhood as you would expect from a Freudian.
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Il y a beaucoup d'idées qui m'ont passionnées (l'aspect gravitationnel de la naissance) et beaucoup d'autres qui m'ont interpellée dans un sens plus négatif (impossibilité de substitution a la mère biologique, pas de place pour un deuxième parent). Le livre est extrêmement dense et pas très facile a comprendre. Je pense être passée a côté de beaucoup de choses, même si ce livre est vraiment original et passionnant.
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le livre met en place beaucoup d'idées intéressantes, mais dans presque tous les chapitres à part un ou deux elles sont seulement esquissées et il est donc difficile de se faire une idée construite sans exemple clinique, mais c'est un livre très intéressant, probablement pas la meilleure introduction au travail de Winnicott.
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Donald Woods Winnicott was an English pediatrician, psychiatrist, sociologist and psychoanalyst.
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