When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.
When the Winnicottians came to bookstores, they had the 'Playing and Reality' and we had the money.
They said 'Let us play.'
We bought their game.
When the game was over we had the 'Playing and Reality' and they had the money.
“So, I said to her [Marion Milner], ‘What’s wrong with thinking playing is reality, that creativity is magic?’ And she said, ‘It meant that he believed he could help anyone and everyone, that he was magic because he could play’.”
John Bowlby is different. He is a scientist.
"I could not help thinking, while I was listening to Sir Richard, how a cousin of mine who was a medical missionary in India once said to me: “This Dr Bowlby, you know, I think that the devil must have got into him!”"
Edward John Mostyn Bowlby
(1907 – 1990)