A distillation of painstaking research into the life of Donald Winnicott, tracing his life from his childhood in Plymouth, through his career in paediatrics, to his election as President of the British Psycho-Analytic Society. The author makes many interesting links between Winnicott's life and the development of his theories.
'In this instructive biography we see Winnicott as a man who tried to bear his own pain and kept trying to teach us to do the same. Humour and humility, so necessary for the practice of the impossible profession of psychoanalysis, and so rarely there when we need them, seemed always at Winnicott's fingertips.'
- John M. Goodwin, M.D., Journal of Psychohistory
'The first book about the life of English psychoanalyst and pediatrician Donald Woods Winnicott is a brief portrait of the man. From these charming and revealing stories and quotations by those who knew him, including his second wife, Clare as well as his voluminous correspondence, his personality comes alive… Highly recommended for all interested in child psychology.'
- Rosemary Balsam, Choice Magazine
'Brett Khar has provided us with a distillation of his very painstaking research into the life of Donald Winnicott, who is the most influential English psychoanalyst.'
- Dr Jennifer Johns-Psychoanalyst, The Winnicott Trust
'I recommend this book to all those that are interested in the man and his place in the psychoanalytic tradition.'
- David Lonie, Australian Journal of Psychotherapy
Notes about the author(s):
Professor Brett Kahr is Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health in London, and Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Arts at Roehampton University, attached to the Arts and Humanities Research Council network on "Media and the Inner World". He has worked in the mental health field for over twenty-years, and has had a longstanding interest in disability psychotherapy. A member of the British Psychoanalytic Council, the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis, and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, he works in private practice with individuals and couples in North London. A former Tutor for the learning disability courses in the Child and Family Department at the Tavistock Clinic, he is currently the Chair of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors. He represents the Institute for Psychotherapy and Disability on the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis.
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