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Holding and Interpretation: Fragment of an Analysis

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D.W. Winnicott, a psychoanalyst of extraordinary grace and originality, left a body of work distinguished by fierce independence of mind, profound playfulness and technique, and passionate intelligence. Holding and Interpretation, a verbatim record of his sessions with a psychotic patient, vividly illustrates his enormous contribution to psychoanalytic theory and ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 12th 1994 by Grove Press (first published December 1st 1986)
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Micah
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychoanalysis
This book seemed unusual to me in that it's a detailed transcript of an analysis. It doesn't seem to have a very auspicious beginning - at the start it's noted that the patient, who has suffered a psychotic break, tends to fall asleep during sessions and his major symptom is that he's boring! But as the book continues I did find it interesting. The patient is depressed, de-personalized, dissociative and disintegrated, has feelings of unreality and is unable to play, be spontaneous, feel ...more
Ash
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
Winnicot has some good ideas for a psychoanalyst, but this record of one patent is tedious and badly out of date. If a modern editor could put some of it in perspective, then it might make an interesting historical study. But no modern psychotherapist should be basing their practices on the contents of this book.
Autumn
Jul 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
FYI - there's a big difference between psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. This is not your basic psychotherapy book. Only a few specially trained people are doing psychoanalysis now.
I found this book tedious and boring. But the last 10 pages of Winnicott's discussion of the patient were very interesting.
Macy
Aug 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Granted, this book was somewhat outdated and very specific as it was one person's case, but I found some of the interventions to be particularly useful regarding my current work with clients.
Sergio Gomes
Here we have another case of Winnicott published in book form. Details for submitting Masud Khan, his heir theoretical and case presentation is theorized that the text "withdrawal and regression."
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Donald Woods Winnicott was an English pediatrician, psychiatrist, sociologist and psychoanalyst.