Worried that you are not good enough as a parent, a partner, a child, an employee, a person?
Take heart. Professor Donald Winnicott was a pediatrician who introduced the “good enough mother” in 1953. He took a softer approach than Freud in his views about the role of parents, which popularized his teachings. Dr Winnicott recognized the need for children to realize that
'a mother is neither good nor bad nor the product of illusion, but is a separate and independent entity: The good-enough mother ... starts off with an almost complete adaptation to her infant’s needs, and as time proceeds she adapts less and less completely, gradually, according to the infant’s growing ability to deal with her failure. Her failure to adapt to every need of the child helps them adapt to external realities'.
Dr Winnicott’s teachings boiled down to the fact that a good enough mother was better than the perfect mother.
The concept of 'Good Enough' is now being applied in technology, industry, medicine, and can be applied to you too! Check out the full article to read more ....
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