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Joyce, A. (2016). Infantile Sexuality: Its Place in the Conceptual Developments of Anna Freud and Donald W. Winnicott. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 97(3):915-931.

(2016). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 97(3):915-931

Infantile Sexuality: Its Place in the Conceptual Developments of Anna Freud and Donald W. Winnicott

Angela Joyce

(Accepted for publication 7 March 2016)

This essay explores the place of infantile sexuality in the theories of Anna Freud and Donald W Winnicott. Both Anna Freud and D.W. Winnicott incorporated and at the same time changed the classical psychoanalytic account of infantile sexuality and the instinctual drives. Whilst Anna Freud remained closer to her father's original conceptualization, she developed a multidimensional model of development which gave the drives a foundational status whist also maintaining their significance in giving meaning and texture to children's subjective experience. Winnicott also retained much of S. Freud's original theorizing except that in a fundamental way he turned it on its head when considering earliest development. For him the establishment of the self was paramount, and the drives and infantile sexuality merely served to give substance to that self.

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