Playing and Reality, Paperback Book

Playing and Reality Paperback

Part of the Routledge Classics series

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What are the origins of creativity and how can we develop it - whether within ourselves or in others?

Not only does Playing and Reality address these questions, it also tackles many more that surround the fundamental issue of the individual self and its relationship with the outside world.

In this landmark book of twentieth-century psychology, Winnicott shows the reader how, through the attentive nurturing of creativity from the earliest years, every individual has the opportunity to enjoy a rich and rewarding cultural life.

Today, as the 'hothousing' and testing of children begins at an ever-younger age, Winnicott's classic text is a more urgent and topical read than ever before.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 232 pages, 1 black & white tables, 1 black & white line drawings
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Child & developmental psychology
  • ISBN: 9780415345460



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Winnicott's papers from the 60s and early 70s on transitional objects and phenomena, creativity, life, art, culture, and so on. I was hoping for Winnicott to go into greater depth on these things, but he stays at a somewhat superficial level--this isn't meant as a criticism, since his audience in these papers is still primarily other psychoanalysts, therapists and clinicians, despite dealing with topics that are more often addressed in philosophy. Still recommended, though if you're looking for an intensive, deep meditation and exploration of the themes mentioned above, you won't find it here.

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