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transitional object

- in Winnicott, an object invested with feelings by the child and used as a mother substitute, which has a self-calming function (e.g. a soft toy or the corner of a blanket or pillow). In the wider sense (used in Gestalt), an object symbolising an absent person to which one is attached.

Definition excerpted with permission from Ginger, Serge International Glossary of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Seven languages including English. Order from FORGE at 183 rue Lecourbe; 75015 Paris, France) Paperback 1995.

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