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(p. 157) The Intellectual Function 

(p. 157) The Intellectual Function
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(p. 157) The Intellectual Function
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271435.003.0026
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date: 07 December 2019

In this chapter, Winnicott proposes that intellectual function is derived from inherent factors in the individual as well as from the provision of the external environment. If there is inadequate environmental provision for the infant, an overuse of the intellectual function may predominate, and this provides a false and precarious kind of self-care for the growing child. The overuse of the intellect may destabilise the complex balance of psyche and soma, producing for some individuals a sense of unreality.

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