Our mother as first and most important mirror

Mum and Bub

“The mother gazes at the baby in her arms, and the baby gazes at his mother’s face and finds himself therein…provided that the mother is really looking at the unique, small, helpless being and not projecting her own expectations, fears, and plans for the child.

In that case, the child would find not himself in his mother’s face, but rather the mother’s own projections. This child would remain without a mirror, and for the rest of his life would be seeking this mirror in vain.”

Donald Woods Winnicott

4 thoughts on “Our mother as first and most important mirror

      1. It’s an award that fits you and your blog very well. I love your mix of poetry, free flow thought and useful insights. That’s versatility! ❤

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