TRANSITIONAL OBJECT

1. a thing utilized by a kid to ease the anxiety of separating from their first external item, their mother, until the kid has mandated a sturdy and safe interior item, or cognitive symbolization of her, which supplies a sense of safety and comfort. 2. by extension, any individual or thing which supplies comfort, safety, and emotional health.

TRANSITIONAL OBJECT: "The concept of transitional objects was initially posited by Donald W. Winnicott, a British psychoanalyst."
Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "TRANSITIONAL OBJECT," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 29, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/transitional-object/ (accessed December 16, 2018).
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