This book explores how religion shaped and informed the life and work of D. W. Winnicott, the eminent British pediatrician and psychoanalyst. It highlights the influence of his Wesleyan Methodist upbringing upon his work as well as how his career in psychoanalysis changed his view of religion. It traces the nature of Winnicott’s religious behavior and practice over his life and describes his contributions to the positive role of religion in life and culture.
About the Author:
Stephen E. Parker (Ph.D. Theology and Personality Studies, Emory University) is professor in the School of Psychology and Counseling, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA. He teaches courses in counseling and personality theories and is a licensed professional counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has published several articles on the interface of personality theory and theology as well as on spiritual and religious development, including articles on the implications of Winnicott’s developmental theory for these areas. He is the author of Led by the Spirit: Toward a Practical Theology of Pentecostal Discernment and Decision-making (Sheffield Academic Press, an Imprint of Continuum), a psychological and theological examination of people’s claims to divine guidance.