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Among the central ideas associated with the name of Winnicott, scant mention is made of motility. This is largely attributable to Winnicott himself, who never thematized motility and never wrote a paper specifically devoted to the topic. This paper suggests both that the idea of motility is nonetheless of central significance in Winnicott’s thought, and that motility is of central importance in the development and constitution of the bodily I. In elaborating both these suggestions, the paper gives particular attention to the connections between motility, continuity, aggression, and creativity in Winnicott’s work.
This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: J. Elkins, "Motility, Agression, and the Bodily I: An Interpretation of Winnicott," Psychoanalytic Quarterly 84.4 (2015): 943-973, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/psaq.12044/abstract. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
J. Elkins, "Motility, Agression, and the Bodily I: An Interpretation of Winnicott," Psychoanalytic Quarterly 84.4 (2015): 943-973.