The main thrust of the present article is to develop what, from the author’s of view, is Winnicott’s main contribution to the understanding of borderline pathology, psychosis and emotional development. The renowned paediatrician-analyst put into perspective intuitions, hypotheses, metaphors and real changes in the general framework relating to the clinical treatment of neurosis and its theorisation. The author then goes on to consider how Winnicott’s ideas in these fields can be further applied to adult psychiatry, group therapy, family therapy and infant therapy.
- borderline pathology
- emotional development