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(p. 293) The World in Small Doses 

(p. 293) The World in Small Doses
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(p. 293) The World in Small Doses
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271350.003.0056
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date: 24 April 2018

In this broadcast and paper for mothers, Winnicott describes how a two- to four-year-old child exists in two worlds at once. The world we share with the child and the child’s own imaginative world, which the child is able to experience. Winnicott emphasizes the importance of the mother’s role in sharing a specialized bit of the world with her small child, so that the child is not muddled as the bit of the external world is gradually enlarged. Instead the child can enjoy the world that is there to be found.

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