From Die Traumdeutung to The Squiggle Game: A Brief History of an Evolution

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It is often possible to retrace the history of a new concept or a new technique, identifying precursor and reflections that would lay the foundations for the birth of something “new”. This also applies to the “squiggle game” of Donald W. Winnicott, one of the Winnicottian “creations” in which the distinctive signs of its fatherhood are more evident as, at the same time, are evident several debts to other scientists: from Freud’s interpretation of dreams, through Jung, Klein and Fordham to Milner’s “free drawings”.

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Stefana, A. From Die Traumdeutung to The Squiggle Game: A Brief History of an Evolution. Am J Psychoanal 78, 182–194 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1057/s11231-018-9138-5

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Keywords

  • Die Traumdeutung
  • squiggle game
  • free drawings
  • history of psychoanalysis
  • Donald Winnicott