Willa Cather: Transitional Objects and Creativity

@article{Schneiderman1999WillaCT,
  title={Willa Cather: Transitional Objects and Creativity},
  author={L. Schneiderman},
  journal={Imagination, Cognition and Personality},
  year={1999},
  volume={19},
  pages={131 - 147}
}
  • L. Schneiderman
  • Published 1999
  • Psychology
  • Imagination, Cognition and Personality
The present article attempts to extend Winnicott's concept of the transitional object to include not only soothing objects but people as well. I refer not only to people—above all, the mother—who were soothing to the infant before self/other differentation had taken place, but to people who continued to provide emotional support before the child's identity was fully crystallized. These objects of identification serve as more than mere models to be emulated. They are intrinsic to the child's… Expand
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