The Squiggle Foundation’s aims are:
- To study the work of Dr. Donald Woods Winnicott (1896-1971) .
- To spread his ideas to a wide audience and put them into everyday use in today’s world.
The word “squiggle” comes from a method Winnicott used to facilitate communication with a child.
He would take turns with the child to make a small squiggle mark on a sheet of paper and each would then extend the other’s squiggle into a simple drawing of personal significance. Playing with a scribble drawing was one way in which Winnicott led the child to a better sense of self.
His writings revolve around three main issues:
- The mother-infant relationship.
- Transitional phenomena, most clearly recognised in a child’s intense possessive feelings for a special blanket or toy.
- The importance of play and primary creativity.
D.W.W., as he was popularly known, was a paediatrician and ‘psychoanalyst who built on Freud’s discoveries of how the mind works. His main emphasis was on the genuine flourishing of the ‘person’ and the nurturing by the ‘other’ of a ‘sense of self’. Winnicott once said his concern was with ‘living persons, whole living and loving’. His therapeutic aim was to enable his patients to live in a creative and authentic way.
The Squiggle Foundation’s aims are to study and disseminate the work of Winnicott, with a particular emphasis on application. It was registered as a charity in 1981 (number 283858).
Who We Are
Patrons: Christopher Bollas, John Davis, Jennifer Johns, Brett Kahr, Jonathan Miller, Adam Phillips, Cesare Sarcedoti, Kenneth Wright
Trustees: Dr Christopher Brogan, Tessa Dalley, Jennifer Johns (Chair), Angela Joyce, Ellen McCoy, , Sheila Ritchie, Dr Peter Shoenberg,
Director: Prof Adrian Sutton
Friends of the Squiggle Foundation Committee: Ellen McCoy, Jenny Davids, Pamela George, Gaby Marks, Michael Schacter, Dr Sharon Stekelman
Administrator: Vicky Raingold
The Squiggle Foundation,
48 Hide Road, Harrow,
Middlesex, HA1 4SF
Tel: 07534 422 117