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Autistic Omnipotence and Symbiotic Omnipotence in Infantile Psychosis

Fielding, John Karnac Books ePub

G. De Astis, A. Giannotti

It is conventionally accepted that the concept of ‘omnipotence’ is generally related to narcissism.

It is not, however, sufficiently clear how the two are connected, despite the fact that all the authors writing about narcissistic pathology give a central position to the concept of omnipotence. Smith (1986) critically reviews the concept of omnipotence as it was used during the first 30 years of this century by S. Freud, K. Abraham and Ferenczi.

Let us follow this outline. Freud first mentions omnipotence in 1909, in “The Rat Man” where he says:

‘I refer to the omnipotence which he ascribed to his thoughts and feelings, and to his wishes, whether good or evil.’

In “Totem and Taboo” (1912) Freud links omnipotence of thoughts to narcissistic overvaluation of psychical acts, but in ‘On Narcissism: an introduction’ (1914) omnipotence is related to a ‘sense of self and hence to narcissistic libido.

Karl Abraham considers omnipotence a narcissistic phenomenon, but he more specifically links it to the body and particularly to the erotogenic zones.

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CHAPTER FOURTEEN: The use of under fives’ counselling as parental guidance with severely developmental delayed children

Pozzi Monzo, Maria Karnac Books ePub

The writing of this chapter was inspired by a very creative and exciting piece of work with a family, whom I will refer to as the Somers and their four-year-old boy, Craig. The work with these parents was particularly interesting, because it guided them to help Craig to catch up on the developmental stages of the first two years of his life, which he had missed out on due to major events.

Mother had suffered from severe PND for which she had been treated. This restricted her life immensely, as well as her capacity to relate to her newborn baby, the only child in this family. Craig was born with a hereditary genital deformity, which had required a number of operations during his first three years of life. We can see that he had a very traumatic start in life that resulted in a generalized developmental delay. His feeding, sleeping, toilet training, language development, and socialization were almost at the level of an infant. At the time of their referral by the health visitor, the family was receiving help and support from a number of agencies, including PND counselling for mother. The health visitor had previously discussed this child and family with me, since she had not felt sure whether they could be helped by counselling.

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Chapter Eleven: Issues of Psychoanalysis in the Twenty-First Century: From Some Experiences in Japan

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Issues of psychoanalysis in the twenty-first century: from some experiences in Japan

Masahisa Nishizono

Periodical and cultural backgrounds and the universality of psychoanalysis—from Freud to post-Freud

The discovery of psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud is said to be one of the greatest cultural achievements of the twentieth century. Psychoanalysis began as a treatment for hysteria, which is a type of neurosis. It then developed as a treatment for all types of neurosis, such as phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Followers of Freud developed psychoanalysis further and applied it to the treatment of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and manic-depressive psychosis (currently diagnosed as “bipolar disorder”). In the course of developing these treatment methods, moreover, Freud evolved psychoanalysis from the study of treatment for mental disorders to a set of “psychological theories for understanding humans.” Psychoanalysis is regarded as one of the greatest cultural accomplishments of the twentieth century not only because of its value in therapeutics but also because of its advocacy of “psychological theories of understanding humans” which was a completely new concept.

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Chapter Nineteen - Analytic Group for the Children of the Holocaust and the Second Generation: A Construction of Belonging to the Injured Self Through Mutual Recognition Processes

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Enav Karniel Lauer


“Everyone has a name / given to him by God / and given to him by his parents” writes Zelda, an Israeli poet, and expresses the idea rooted in Judaism: remembering the man who passed away, giving him a name and recognising him. Remembering and naming serves as a metaphor for recognition of the existence of a man as a separate individual, as well as part of a community. The “Name” provides value, place, and commitment to be remembered and included in a group. By that, there is a response to the chilling testimony of Yehiel De-Nur in the Eichmann trial:1

I was there for about two years. Time there—was not like it is here on earth. Every fraction of a minute there passed on a different scale of time. And the inhabitants of that planet had no names, they had no parents nor did they have children…they were not born there and they did not give birth…they did not live—nor did they die—according to the laws of this world…

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CHAPTER NINETEEN The child in the adult: psychotherapy informed by Buddhism

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The child in the adult: psychotherapy informed by Buddhism

Dialogue with Steven Mendoza

Parents are very kind,

But I am too young to appreciate it.

The highland mountains and valleys are beautiful,

But having never seen the lowlands, I am stupid.

—Chogyam Trungpa, The Myth of Freedom


Thanks, Steven, for agreeing to contribute to this project from your perspective of an adult psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

I think the focus should be on your thinking about the child part in adult patients and how your Buddhist practice has influenced you in your professional work. Just a word to explain that I’ve always been impressed by how deeply you seem to be using the idea of “refuge” in the Dharma i.e. in the teaching of the Buddha, in your work. You are unique in this way of integrating the two.

So, I’d like to hear more and also how you came to be a psychotherapist and a Buddhist.


Yes, well, I think I was really hand reared as a psychotherapist.

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