transitional object


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transitional object

an object used by many children as a substitute for a parent who is absent (usually temporarily) to help them deal with separation; typically, a blanket or stuffed toy.

transitional object

an object used by a child to provide comfort and security while he or she is away from a secure base, such as mother or home.

tran·si·tion·al ob·ject

(tran-zish'ŭn-ăl ob'jekt)
An object used by many children as a substitute for a parent who is absent (usually temporarily) to help them deal with separation; typically, a blanket or stuffed toy.
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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.
T - Transitional objects A transitional object is a comforter that allows a child to make the transition to independence from the mother.
To quote one of the recent animations: "Meanwhile quick question: While the transitional object transitions, or stops being what it was, what's that like?
This transitional object took us decades to find, and it provides us with a unique opportunity to observe a pulsar's intense magnetic field in action, said Sergio Campana, an astronomer at Brera Observatory in Merate, Italy, and a co-author of a paper appearing in journal Nature today.
Co-author Sergio Campana, an astronomer at Brera Observatory in Merate, Italy, said that this transitional object took decades to find, and it provides them with a unique opportunity to observe a pulsar's intense magnetic field in action.
And that's because, according to new research, a child's transitional object, as the researchers call it, is a precious second only to Mum and sometimes more than Mum.
Bollas argues that the infant's creation of the transitional object displaces its experience of the transformational process of development 'from the mother-environment (where it originated) into countless subjective-objects, so [.
16) We can say that in The Little White Bird, the bird emerges as a transitional object, one that represents the unity of the baby and the mother (Winnicott, "Use" 96), and that this bird is literalized in the flying children of Peter Pan.
Art and the Transitional Object in Vernon Lee's Supernatural Tales.
Reality testing occupies the territory of the lost object, which, as a rule, is not identical with the transitional object.
Research and experience have shown that a favorite blanket can be a soothing and comforting transitional object as children face changes early in life and can actually help them develop emotionally," said Judith Jerald, MSW and Early Childhood Advisor to Save the Children's U.
The Christian psychotherapist as a transitional object to God.
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