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Volume 52 Issue 4 (December 1979), Pages 301-399

Transitional space in psychotherapy and theatre (pages 377-384)

Winnicott (1971 a) emphasized the importance of transitional space in play and psychotherapy, and hinted at its relevance in other areas of cultural experience. This paper compares and complements Winnicott's ideas with those of other writers and especially with the point of view of the theatre director. Both psychotherapy and theatre require a special frame or boundary; they both demand toleration of paradox and willing suspension of disbelief; and both involve repetition and re‐enactment in the presence of the other.

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