chapter  Chapter 4
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The family

ByLaura Dethiville

In “The Child in the Family Group”, Winnicott relates the story of a little girl who had named her transitional object “family”.

I think that in this case there was a very early recognition of inadequacy in the parental relationship, and it was at an astonishingly early date that the child tried to remedy the deficiency that she perceived by calling her doll Family.

(Winnicott, 1990: 132)