The Squiggle Game

Donald W. Winnicott

in The Collected Works of D. W. Winnicott

Published on behalf of © The Winnicott Trust

Published in print October 2016 | ISBN: 9780190271404
Published online December 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190458461 | DOI:
The Squiggle Game

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In this amalgamation of two papers in the same area of the Squiggle Game (the process by which Winnicott engages with a child in a consultation through random drawings done by each), Winnicott argues that the specialist does not need to be clever but be able to provide a natural and dynamic human relationship in a professional setting while the patient gradually surprises himself by the production of ideas and feelings that have not been previously integrated into the total personality.

Keywords: Winnicott; psychoanalysis; squiggle game; drawing; therapeutic consultation; child; ideas; feelings; surprise; personality

Chapter.  6284 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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