移行対象に関する理論的考察--特にその発現の機序をめぐって [in Japanese] A Theoritical Examination into the Concept of Transitional Object--Especially Centering around Transitional Object Origins [in Japanese]
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The term "transitional object" was first used by Winnicott (1953) to refer to inanimate objects, e. g. a soft toy or blanket, often specially used to provide comfort or solace in infancy and early childhood. A number of psychoanalysts and empirical researchers have followed Winnicott, and today it is generally accepted that infant's attachment to a transitional object is universal on the basis of the "good-enough" relationship of mother and infant, and that its absence or misuse is associated with psychopathy, later cognitive or character disorders. Nevertheless there appear to be some logical fallacies in this conceptualization and important unanswered questions about the origin and meaning of transitional objects, which need further consideration. In this paper, a theoretical contradiction of Winnicott's thesis is pointed out and an alternative interpretation of the origin and meaning of transitional objects is submitted.
- Bulletin of the Faculty of Education,the University of Tokyo
Bulletin of the Faculty of Education,the University of Tokyo (29), p229-241, 1989
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