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The Child, the Family, and the Outside World (Classics in Child Development)

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Dr. Winnicott explores the basic relationships of childhood starting with the bond of love between mother and infant, which he views as the key to personality. Speaking directly and informally, he explains everyday issues such as feeding, crying, playing, independence, and shyness as well as serious problems such as stealing and lying.Throughout each discussion, Dr. Winnic ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 21st 1992 by Da Capo Lifelong Books (first published 1964)
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Andrew Black
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Possibly most important book I've ever read
Joan Lieberman
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wish I had read D.W. Winnicott before I had my first child. He understands that no parent is perfect while showing the way to do less damage.
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
This book wasn't quite what I expected. Winnicott spends much of the book simply discussing what is going on in the child psychologically and attempts to reassure parents that are inundated with massive amounts and often contradictory advice that they can intuitively raise a healthy child through proper devotion and love. I found it a bit too academic for my purposes, and some of the theories seem a bit dated or, at the least, overreaching.

The psychology comes out of psychoanalysis, which is bas
Valentina Chiriac
3*, și asta doar pentru că apreciez ideile în contextul în care au fost concepute acum aproape 60 de ani. Un început promițător, dar pe parcurs m-a pierdut, chiar mi-a dat dureri de cap. Este cu siguranță o carte de temelie a psihologiei copilului normal dar din loc în loc se simte trecerea timpului și nepotrivirea în timp și spațiu. Se observă de asemenea influența psihaanalizei și ideile lui Freud, care sunt considerate oarecum depășite sau cel putin limitative. Pe de altă parte mi-a placut cu ...more
Sergio Gomes
In this book, Winnicott describes emotional development from the strong presence of the father and mother, and the difficulties encountered by infants and children in relation to food, crying, breastfeeding, learning difficulties, family conflicts and antisocial behavior .
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
A lovely book for the open-minded mother to be.
Zoe Ranson
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Research for familial relationships for my novel - useful, but slight and outmoded.
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Lotti Marjai
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Psychology College
Recommended to Lotti by: Professor of Children psychology
Very good book for students of psychology :)
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Donald Woods Winnicott was an English pediatrician, psychiatrist, sociologist and psychoanalyst.
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