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(p. 169) Playing: Creative Activity and the Search for the Self 

(p. 169) Playing: Creative Activity and the Search for the Self
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(p. 169) Playing: Creative Activity and the Search for the Self
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271404.003.0027
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date: 20 October 2020

In this paper, Winnicott proposes that only in the act of playing is the adult or child free to be creative. The paradox at the heart of his paper on Transitional Objects and Phenomena—that the baby believes he is creating a reality which may in fact be supplied by the mother—leads Winnicott on to this further statement regarding its relation to playing. The original location of playing he considers to be the potential space between baby and mother. For Winnicott, this set of ideas leads to the discovery for each individual of a true, individual, or authentic, self.

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