Theoretical Reflections 3:

Winnicott, Lars, and the Real Girl


This assignment is intended to help you deepen your understanding of Winnicott’s theory of  human nature and development through a careful analysis of the film Lars and the Real Girl.  Drawing fully on what we have studied of Winnicott’s ideas, describe the nature and causes of Lars’ psychological problems and explain the internal processes by which he was able to grow out of them, and the external factors that facilitated this growth.  Please be thorough.


In your essay, be sure to engage Winnicott’s notions of:


·      Basic human needs

·      Infantile experience

·      The development of a sense of self and other

·      Maternal care

·      The holding environment

·      Transitional  space

·      Transitional objects

·      Mature object-relations



In total, the paper should be a minimum of 1000 words in length (3-4 pages, double spaced).   Please submit it to me via Google.   Check the syllabus for due date.