The area of playing in the cure
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Winnicott notes: “in playing, and perhaps only in playing, the child or adult is free to be creative”. In fact, playing is of great importance, since it is only by playing that the patient can be creative, and living and playing are inseparable. Winnicott maintains that a burst of laughter during a session is like the “poetic moment” that exists between the baby and the mother. Of course the difference depends on whether it comes from the analyst or the patient. In “Playing: Creative Activity and the Search for the Self”, he describes a session with a woman that lasted three hours in which it seems that his patient let herself go into a state of non-integration and to a succession of “nonsensical” words and activities, nonsense that he does not try to interpret, for “organized nonsense” is already a defence, just as organized chaos is a denial of chaos.