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(p. 221) The Place Where We Live 

(p. 221) The Place Where We Live
(p. 221) The Place Where We Live

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 22 January 2021

In this paper, Winnicott restates the themes of his paper ‘The Location of Cultural Experience’ for a different audience. Here he examines ‘the place where we live’ when we are experiencing and enjoying life fully. He discusses a third place, an intermediate zone, beyond inner and outer reality, where the variations inherent in all of us enable each of us to enjoy cultural or creative play in individual ways. This variation arises, he suggests, from the original use of the potential space between mother and baby in early life, where trust, confidence and playfulness can occur, later leading to the mature and pleasurable use of cultural artefacts.

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