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Winnicott, Donald Woods
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(Apr 7, 1896, Plymouth – Jan 25, 1971, London), pediatrician and psychoanalyst. Winnicott coined the term transitional object in the intermediate stage of development, in which the initial, still vague structures of relationship between the developing subject and objects find expression in a so-called intermediate space. This precursor of what will later be an actual object is a familiar, trusted item that serves to relieve fear (of being abandoned) – a doll, a teddy bear, a security blanket. Drechsel (151f.) sees here “the root of all creative cont…

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Krentz, Edgar, “Winnicott, Donald Woods”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 March 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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