A transitional object
is something that represents the parent-child bond during the time apart.
Professionals refer to a pacifier as a transitional object
that helps children adjust to new situations and relieves stress.
And let your child bring a transitional object
, a stuffed animal or blanket, that will give them a sense of comfort while there.
More hopefully, a cell phone may offer the potential of being a transitional object
, used to relieve anxiety around separation and allow for a capacity to be alone or away, but still connected (Winnicott, 1953)?
The good news is that if your target market is sufficiently large, then a unique brand should act as the transitional object
it is meant to be and change the right clients into your clients.
As far as I know, I never had a transitional object
, a la Linus van Pelt in the Peanuts comic striptrailing a blue blanket that he clutched to himself while sucking his thumb, the better to feel safe while navigating his Lucy-imperiled surroundings.
The most familiar example of such infantile illusory experience is the transitional object
, such as a beloved Teddy Bear or Linus van Pelt's security blanket.
(27-28) Much has been made of Esther's doll, and of dolls more widely, as the transitional object
theorized by D.
A childhood transitional object
can relieve anxiety in a camper who is struggling to reconcile the home experience with that of the camp experience, especially at bedtime (Winnicott, 1953).
Children often have a transitional object
, such as a special toy or blanket that brings them comfort as they learn to separate from others and cope with their increasing independence.
The cell phone has become the adult's transitional object
, replacing the toddler's teddy bear for comfort and a sense of belonging.
Suzanne has chosen, however, an uncannily apt substitute, a transitional object
, Song, the Chinese filmmaker/babysitter/transnational outsider who is able to connect Simon to his mother's world.