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Exploring Transitional Objects – Have We Under-Estimated Winnicott’s Seminal Idea Of 1951? withAnna Bravesmith


We have become familiar with the concept of transitional phenomena and most parents, particularly mothers in Western Europe and possibly further afield, understand that their children form special attachments to particular toys or objects, from which they refuse to be parted. It is also widely accepted that an activity such, as singing or reciting rhymes, at night time before going to sleep, may have a special meaning for a child.

However, the thinking behind these familiar parts of our culture is less thoroughly understood. This workshop aims to reflect on the centrality of transitional space, transitional phenomena and transitional objects to our capacity for making meaning out of life. We will include thinking about adults’ capacity for art, religion and sport in connection with a development from the early attachment to a special object.

The workshop will consist of a presentation by the speaker with PowerPoint slides and discussion, interactive exercises in pairs and small group games.