By James S. Grotstein
The scope of this paintings is to synopsize, synthesize, expand, and to problem Bion in a reader-friendly demeanour. providing crucial legacy-ideas for psychoanalysis—the principles which are at the innovative of the sector that must be recognized by way of the psychological overall healthiness career at large—it highlights and defines the wider and deeper implications of his works.
A Beam of severe Darkness provides Bion’s principles faithfully and likewise makes use of his principles as launching pads for the author’s conjectures approximately the place Bion's rules element. This contains such principles as “the Language of Achievement”, “reverie,” “truth,” “O,” and “transformations”–in, of, and from it, but additionally “ L,” “H,” and “K” linkages (to express how Bion rerouted Freud’s instinctual drives to emotions), “container/contained", Bion’s rules on “dreaming,” “becoming,” “thoughts with out a thinker,” “the Grid,” his erasure of the excellence among Freud’s, “primary and secondary tactics “ and the “pleasure” and “reality principles,” “reversible perspective,” “shifting vertices,” “binocular vision,” “contact-barrier,” the alternative of “consciousness” and “unconsciousness” with infinity and finiteness, Bion’s use of types, his contrast among “mentalization” and “thinking,” in addition to many different goods.
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Extra info for A beam of intense darkness : Wilfred Bion's legacy to psychoanalysis
I do not believe one can appreciate his works without having a familiarity with Kleinian ideas, such as the relationship between the paranoid–schizoid and depressive positions (P–S ↔ D), persecutory and depressive anxieties, the archaic part-object Oedipus complex (Kleinian version), greed, envy, and splitting and projective identiﬁcation. I recall many of Bion’s interpretations that were essentially Kleinian part-object interventions. I remember the session, for instance, in which, upon beginning the session, I exclaimed how happy I was.
I also recall that in a lecture he referred to “a patient who was silent in three languages”. Upon later reﬂection, long after the analysis was ended, I began to wonder whether Bion was not only an analyst but also a Zen master. Often when Bion spoke I did not understand much of what he was saying—and he said a lot—but I did seem to resonate with it preconsciously. It always had an effect. On the negative side, a Kleinian colleague who had known Bion in London remarked on how few, if any, remarkable patients had emerged from his analysis in London or Los Angeles—with the exception of Francis Tustin, who seems to have been ambivalent about her analysis with him (personal communication, 1988).
Not realizing during my analysis with him that he “specialized” in “intuition”, I failed to notice how intuitive he must have been—but, then, how would I have known? What I did experience was that he was very “Kleinian”, but with a ﬂourish! He introduced me to partobjects I had never contemplated—consciously. First, I must reveal a little about why I decided to enter analysis with Bion. A few months prior to that decision, Betty Joseph had visited Los Angeles and presented a paper. I recall even now, so many years later, how deeply depressed I had precipitously become after hearing her present that paper.
A beam of intense darkness : Wilfred Bion's legacy to psychoanalysis by James S. Grotstein