This collection proposes that using Winnicott’s work to think about themes of importance to practitioners now is also a way of thinking about some of the present preoccupations of psychoanalysis .How certain themes assume an importance and develop at certain times often resonates with debates of the past and to encounter them in the present almost always offer something new. Theoretical and clinical ideas are produced in particular conditions and often also in response to, or as part of, a certain intellectual and socio-cultural context; how they have come to be understood and how they have their effect also involves that wider world and its interests.
Lesley Caldwell is the editor of the Winnicott Studies Monograph Series, and the editor of Winnicott Studies. From 2000-2003 she was director of the Squiggle Foundation. She is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Italian at University College London and works as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice.
Introduction—Lesley Caldwell; 1) A theory for the true self—Christopher Bollas; 2) Destructiveness and Play: Klein, Winnicott, Milner—Michael Podro; 3) On Humming Reflections on Marion Milner’s contributions to psychoanalysis—Clare Pajacowska; 4) Being and sexuality. Contribution or confusion?—Lesley Caldwell; 5) Consequences of clinical experience with psychotic mothers and their babies—Alain Vanier; 6) On holding and containing, being and dreaming—Thomas Ogden; 7) The Virtues of Anna Freud—Vincenzo Bonaminio; 8) Donald Winnicott and Melanie Klein Compatible outlooks?—Meira Likierman; 9) Michael Balint and Donald Winnicott. Contributions to the treatment of severely disturbed patients in the Independent Tradition—Margret Tonnesmann; 10) Therapeutic relations: Sándor Ferenczi and the British Independents—Julia Barossa; 11) The suppressed madness of sane analysts—Ken Wright.