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Attachment, Play, and Authenticity: Winnicott in a Clinical Context, Second Edition
Tuber, Steven
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Softcover / 2019-01-01 / 1538117223
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D.W. Winnicott’s work provides the underpinning for much of the empirical and clinical enterprises regarding the psychodynamic/developmental process over the past half-century. Using his most thought provoking clinical writings as its base, Attachment, Play and Authenticity provides a systematic construction of theory and clinical work.

In this new edition, each of the chapters provides analysis of both his clinical work and the transcripts of vignettes by beginning clinicians to highlight each of his theoretical contributions, such as: infant’s innate need to “create” its mother; false compliance to an unreliable mother in order to survive; dynamic dialectic; capacity for hate; role of play; creation of transitional phenomena; antisocial qualities in the human condition.


This second edition stands out front as a unique exceptionally thoughtful integrated summary of Winnicott's work. Tuber carefully identifies what is essential for students and clinicians to know and brings to it a coherence that piecemeal study would never achieve. This book is a wonderful presentation of Winnicott's work, from which both Winnicott and the author emerge with immense distinction.
— Peter Fonagy, PhD, professor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Developmental Science, University College London

This is one of the few must-have books that no self-respecting psychotherapist should be without. There is something very special about Tuber’s capacity, not just to communicate Winncott’s ideas in a profound yet accessible way, but perfectly to embody his playful, creative brilliance. Each chapter moves seamlessly from exposition of a seminal Winnicott concept –the capacity to be alone, the necessity of hate, the use of an object, ruthlessness, true and false self -- through vivid contemporary up-dating, to detailed and truth-imbued clinical illustrations of work with children of varying ages, ethnicities and pathologies. As the man himself might have said: ‘hello glorious book, I’ve just devoured you’!
— Jeremy Holmes, MD, FRC, professor, Psychology, University of Exeter, UK

Steve Tuber’s brilliant ode to Winnicott, now enriched with clinical material drawn from the work of beginning psychotherapists, brings the work of this master alive in all its richness and magic. I can think of no better interpreter of Winnicott for psychotherapists at all levels of training; this is a masterpiece.
— Arietta Slade, PhD, professor of Clinical Child Psychology, Yale Child Study Center

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Dialectical Meaning-Making in Infancy

Chapter 2: A Good Object must be Found in Order to be Created

Chapter 3: The True Self and False Compliance

Chapter 4: We are Essentially Isolates, with the Capacity to be Alone

Chapter 5: Using Objects and the Capacity to Hate

Chapter 6: Integrating Theory with Therapy: The Case of Bob

Chapter 7: The Meaning and Power of Play: How does learning to play enable work and indeed life to proceed?

Chapter 8: The Mind, the Body and the World of Transitional Phenomena

Chapter 9: Hate in the Countertransference

Chapter 10: The Antisocial Tendency

Chapter 11: The Aims of Psychoanalytic Treatment

Chapter 12: Winnicott as Therapist more than Theorist

About the Author:

Steven Tuber is professor of Psychology, director of Clinical Training and program head of the doctoral program in clinical psychology at City College, CUNY, where he has taught for over 30 years. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in clinical psychology, the editor of the book series, Psychodynamic Assessment and Psychotherapy for the 21st Century (Lexington Books) and on the editorial board of five different journals, including Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He has authored and/or edited six critically acclaimed books and written over 150 papers in the intertwining fields of assessment and treatment of children and adolescents.

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