By Brett Kahr
A distillation of painstaking learn into the lifetime of Donald Winnicott, tracing his existence from his youth in Plymouth, via his profession in paediatrics, to his election as President of the British Psycho-Analytic Society. the writer makes many fascinating hyperlinks among Winnicott's lifestyles and the advance of his theories.
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He also consolidated h i s friend ships with Alcock a n d E d e , both older boys who shared Winnicott's imaginative a n d artistic temperament. Fortunately, we have a very vivid portrait of life at The Leys School during this period of time through the careful record of daily detail preserved for posterity in The L e y s Fortnightly. F o r example, the family of three old boys, Alexander, Ernest, a n d J o h n Forrester Paton, donated £ 2 5 0 to improve the organ i n the school's Chapel, a n d the Modern Languages classroom acquired newly painted a n d varnished desks.
The presence of Winnicott's "multiple mothers" may, in fact, explain to a large extent why he wrote so m u c h about the psychology of the mother-child bond, but the pres ence of so many maternal figures hardly illuminates why Winnicott chose to become a clinical psychoanalyst In view of Winnicott's great ease among women, he might j u s t a s readily have become a couturier or a gynaecologist. Winnicott never discussed in any of his published writings his deep motiva tions for pursuing a n analytic training; but during his sixty seventh year, he wrote a moving poem about his mother, Elizabeth, which provides a strong clue to the source of his profound interest in healing emotional distress.
WINNICOTT: A BIOGRAPHICAL PORTRAIT The Leys School, on Trumpington Street in Cambridge, first opened its doors to pupils on 16 February 1875, as a specialist Wesleyan First Grade School. Its name derives from the sur rounding Cowfenleys meadowland fields. Dr William Fiddian Moulton, a scholar descended from a long line of Methodist ministers and preachers, served as the first Headmaster of the school. Frederick Winnicott would have held The Leys School in very high regard, because of its staunch and long-standing tra dition of English Methodism and its status as a very respectable school for the middle classes.