Interesting and very pertinent. There is an excellent exposition of Winnicott’s work by Adam Phillips
Guardian Hands – Charles Henry Sims. Wikioo.
What doescontainment actually mean?The concept of containment refers to an experience of holding another person so that they feel safe and protected. This ‘holding’ does not have to be in the form of a hug; it can be on an emotional level. We can have such an experience as this within the family, with friends, or in therapy.
Here are 5 quotations to explain the concept further:
Comfort. 1907. Edvard Munch. Wikioo.
When we hold each other, in the darkness, it doesn’t make the darkness go away. The bad things are still out there. The nightmares still walking. When we hold each other we feel not safe, but better. “It’s all right” we whisper, “I’m here, I love you.” and we lie: “I’ll never leave you.” For just a moment or two the darkness doesn’t seem so bad.
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