It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.

— Donald Woods Winnicott

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I would rather be the child of a mother who has all the inner conflicts of the human being than be mothered by someone for whom all is easy and smooth, who knows all the answers, and is a stranger to doubt.


The fact that grief takes so long to resolve is not a sign of inadequacy, but betokens depth of soul.


Creativity consists in maintaining a key aspect of the experience of childhood throughout one's life: the capacity to create and recreate the world. Creativity is the omnipotence of the child's mind.


The precursor of the mirror is the mother's face.


We fight to exist. Personally, I am not ashamed of fighting to exist. We are doing no very extraordinary thing to fight simply because we do not wish to be enslaved or exterminated.


I don't mind saying in advance that in my opinion jealousy is normal and healthy. Jealousy arises out of the fact that children love. If they have no capacity to love, then they don't show jealousy.


Play like dreams serves the function of self realization.


There is for many a poverty of play.


Feeling real is more than existing; it is finding a way to exist as oneself... and to have a self into which to retreat for relaxation.


It's only too easy to idealise a mother's job.

We know well that every job has its frustrations and its boring routines and its times of being the last thing anyone would choose to do. Well, why shouldn't the care of babies and children be thought of that way too?


However, it can't be helped; mothers, if they do their job properly, are the representatives of the hard, demanding world and it is they who gradually introduce reality which is so often the enemy of impulse. There is anger with mother and hatred is somewhere even when there is absolutely no doubt of love that is mixed with adoration.


The capacity to still feel wonder is essential to the creative process.


About Donald Woods Winnicott

Quotes 20 sayings
Profession Psychoanalyst
Birthday April 7, 1896

It is a joy to be hidden, and disaster not to be found.


It's a poor thing to be sane!


Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.


Tell me what you fear and I will tell you what has happened to you.


It is in playing, and perhaps only in playing, that the child is free to be creative.


There is no such thing as a baby, there is a baby and someone.


The scientific approach to the phenomenon of human nature enables us to be ignorant without bieng frightened, and without, therefore, having to invent all sorts of wierd theories to explain away our gaps in knowledge.