Winnicott Quotation on Children, Playing, Creativity, the Self, Nonsense

WINNICOTT QUOTATION on Children, Playing, Creativity, the Self, Nonsense

“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. (Bound with this is the fact that only in playing is communication possible.) In terms of free association . the patient on the couch or the child patient among the toys on the floor must be allowed to communicate a succession of ideas, thoughts, impulses, sensations that are not linked except in some way that is neurological or physiological and perhaps beyond detection…. Perhaps it is to be accepted that there are patients who at times need the therapist to note the nonsense that belongs to the state of the individual at rest without the need even for the patient to communicate this nonsense, that is to say, without the need for the patient to organize nonsense.” (Playing and Reality, pp. 54-56)

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