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(p. 101) First Experiments in Independence 

(p. 101) First Experiments in Independence
(p. 101) First Experiments in Independence

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 30 September 2020

Winnicott discusses the child’s stages of development towards a growing independence, from its earliest dependency on the maternal object. In some cases the mother herself is retained and needed in person by an infant, whereas another infant finds what Winnicott terms a transitional object (an object or activity that represents a part of himself and the mother), provided the mother is there in the background. From the infant’s point of view this first object was created out of his or her imagination. In health there is an evolution from the transitional object and the use of objects, to the whole play capacity of the child and its ability to use symbolic thought.

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