Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena – a Study of the First Not-Me Possession : 30th May 1951 (London) [1953] : Donald W. Winnicott

by Julia Evans on May 30, 1951

Based on a paper given at a Scientific Meeting of the British Psycho-Analytical Society on 30 May, 1951. A shortened version was distributed to members beforehand, and Dr Winnicott confined his remarks to the section ‘Illusion-Disillusionment’.

Published

1) International Journal of Psycho-Analysis : Vol 34 : P89 : 1953

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Quoted by Jacques Lacan

Seminar IV : 28th November 1957

Quoted from Sigmund Freud

P89 : In the case of some infants the thumb is placed in the mouth while fingers are made to caress the face by pronation and supination movements of the forearm. The mouth is then active in relation to the thumb, but not in relation to the fingers. The fingers caressing the upper lip, or some other part, may be or may become more important than the thumb engaging the mouth. Moreover this caressing activity may be found alone, without the more direct thumb-mouth union. (3)

(3) Cf. Freud: ‘Case of Dora’, Collected Papers, Vol. 3, pp. 63–64;

Fragment of an analysis of a case of hysteria (‘Dora’): 1901 : Sigmund Freud

also Hoffer, Willi: The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, Vol. III–IV, p. 51.

P93 : There is no possibility whatever for an infant to proceed from the pleasure-principle to the reality principle or towards and beyond primary identification (see Freud, The Ego and the Id, p. 14 :  The Ego & the Id : 1920: Sigmund Freud), (10) unless there is a good enough mother. (11) The good enough ‘mother’ (not necessarily the infant’s own mother) …

(10) See also Freud: Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego, p. 65.
 :

Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego : 1921 : Sigmund Freud

You will find Freud’s paper in English with the original German text laid out in the right hand column : published by www.Freud2Lacan.com : available here

(11) One effect, and the main effect, of failure of the mother in this respect at the start of an infant’s life, is discussed clearly (in my view) by Marion Milner, in her paper appearing in the Melanie Klein Birthday Volume, Hogarth Press, 1952, also this Journal, 32 (1952), p. 181. She shows that because of the mother’s failure there is brought about a premature ego-development, with precocious sorting out of a bad from a good object. The period of illusion (or my Transitional Phase) is disturbed. In analysis or in various activities in ordinary life an individual can be seen to be going on seeking the valuable resting-place of illusion. Illusion in this way has its positive value. See also Freud: Aus den Anfängen der Psychoanalyse: Briefe an Wilhelm Fliess. [From the early days of psychoanalysis: Letters to Wilhelm Fliess, essays and notes from the years 1887-1902] In 1895 Freud wrote (pp. 402 and 413) that only by outside help certain early functioning can proceed satisfactorily. : There are two drafts and several letters published for the year 1895 so this reference has not been traced.

 

Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst in Earl’s Court, London

 

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