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(p. 387) Knowing and Learning 

(p. 387) Knowing and Learning
(p. 387) Knowing and Learning

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 30 September 2020

In this broadcast and paper, Winnicott discusses what a mother knows and what she learns being a mother. Holding the baby is very important, and the mother does not let other people hold the baby if she feels it means nothing to them. The wise mother does not assume an older sister is necessarily safe with the baby in her arms. In the nightmare the baby is dropped. Some mothers feel the baby seems happier in the cot, but an anxious mother uses the cot as much as possible, or even hands the baby over to the care of a nurse. First, the infant is self-contained, surrounded by space and knowing of nothing; second the infant surprises the world; and third, the world surprises the infant. The baby does not know that the space around him is maintained by the mother.

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