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(p. 139) New Light on Children’s Thinking 

(p. 139) New Light on Children’s Thinking
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(p. 139) New Light on Children’s Thinking
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271398.003.0019
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date: 23 October 2019

In this paper, Winnicott describes his contribution to children’s thinking as a comment from the child psychiatry angle on thinking as a function and within the overall theory of the development of the human personality. He goes on to play with many meanings and uses of the verb ‘to think’ He cites cataloguing, categorising and collating functions which start very early in the child all as part of thinking. He points out that over-intellectualisation may be a drawback of the function of thinking if intuition and imagination are neglected and that such misuse of the mind may be defensive against psychic pain or suffering.

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