Bion Today

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-11-02
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Bion Today explores how Bion's work is used in contemporary settings; how his ideas have been applied at the level of the individual, the group and the organisation; and which phenomena have been made more comprehensible through the lenses of his concepts. The book introduces distinctive psychoanalytic contributions to show the ways in which distinguished analysts have explored and developed the ideas of Wilfred Bion.Drawing on the contributors' experience of using Bion's ideas in clinical work, topics include:an introduction to Bion clarification of the inter-related concepts of countertransference and enactment concepts integrating group and individual phenomena clinical implications of Bion's thought Bion's approach to psychoanalysisBion Today will be a valuable resource for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and all those who are interested in learning more about Bion's thinking and his work.

Author Biography

Chris Mawson is a training and supervising analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society and works as a psychoanalyst in private practice.

Table of Contents

List of contributorsp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xix
Introduction to Bionp. 1
Introduction: Bion today - thinking in the fieldp. 3
Whose Bion?p. 33
Mainly Conceptualp. 41
The emotional experience of Kp. 43
The pleasure principle, the reality principle and the uncertainty principlep. 64
Bion: the phenomenologist of lossp. 81
Anticipation and interpretationp. 102
Science and fiction in the psychoanalytical fieldp. 121
Mainly Clinicalp. 153
Clinical implications of Bion's thoughtp. 155
Relating to the superegop. 173
'The consolation which is drawn from truth': the analysis of a patient unable to suffer experiencep. 188
Clinical vignette encompassing Bion's technical ideasp. 212
Taking the transference: some technical implications in three papers by Bionp. 216
Aestheticp. 245
W. R. Bion and T. S. Eliotp. 247
Bion's transformations: art and psychoanalysisp. 255
Group Mentalityp. 279
The plurability of experiencep. 281
Group therapy: myth in the service of workp. 298
Learning from Bion's legacy to groupsp. 317
Some neglected clinical material from Bion's Experiences in Groupsp. 330
Later Bionp. 347
Bion's critical approach to psychoanalysisp. 349
'From resemblance to identity': the internal narrative of a fifty-minute hourp. 366
'Underlying pattern' in Bion's Memoir of the Futurep. 381
Appendix: W. R. Bion bibliographyp. 406
Referencesp. 409
Indexp. 425
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