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This all-encompassing and provocative selection of papers makes a speciality of all elements relating the kid and youth, together with the function that psychoanalysis has to play.
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He is inspired by his discoveries regarding the pregenital stages of the organization of the libido as bringing about particular modes of thought and relationships to objects (anal stage, Freud, 1913b, pp. 311-326; oral stage, Freud, 1915b, pp. 197-200). And he was probably influenced by Ferenczi's account of the origin of the omnipotence of thought. Ferenczi (1913a, p. 51) described with stunning precision the illusion of omnipotence the child may experience when the mother satisfies his needs precisely when they appear.
The new theory's power to explain, understand, and interpret, is so great that the mythical children, without disappearing, are relegated to the shade. The ego and the development of the ego become (doubles,) abstract substitutes for the model of the child. Winnicott, while regularly using the concepts of the structural model, pursues the elaboration of the first theory of instincts, deepening Freudian advances regarding the importance of ego deficits in the genesis of more severe pathologies such as psychosis.
He attributes this belief to a sexualization of thought, to an anaclisis of sexual instincts upon this thinking activity of the ego. He also introduces differences in the exercise of narcissistic omnipotence by distinguishing magic and sorcery. Magic is the absolute exercise of omnipotence: all that matters is the direct satisfaction of need, solely through the will of the subject. In magic, there is no mechanical or logical cause. Elements are united by their similarity or their contiguity: if I pierce the leg of a doll who represents my enemy, he will no longer be able to walk; if I bum objects belonging to him, I destroy him entirely.