The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion

The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion

In this major contribution to the series Makers of Modern Psychotherapy, Joan and Neville Symington concentrate on understanding Bion's concepts in relation to clinical practice, but their book is also accessible to the educated reader who ...

Author: Joan Symington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134870905

Category: Psychology

Page: 216

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Winner of the 2013 Sigourney Award! Psychoanalysis seen through Bion's eyes is a radical departure from all conceptualizations which preceded him. In this major contribution to the series Makers of Modern Psychotherapy, Joan and Neville Symington concentrate on understanding Bion's concepts in relation to clinical practice, but their book is also accessible to the educated reader who wishes to understand the main contours of Bion's thinking. Rather than following the chronological development of Bion's ideas, each chapter looks in depth at an important theme in his thinking and describes how this contributes to his revolutionary model of the mind.
Categories: Psychology

The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion

The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion

In this major contribution to the series Makers of Modern Psychotherapy, Joan and Neville Symington concentrate on understanding Bion's concepts in relation to clinical practice, but their book is also accessible to the educated reader who ...

Author: Neville Symington

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 041509352X

Category: Psychology

Page: 198

View: 370

Winner of the 2013 Sigourney Award! Psychoanalysis seen through Bion's eyes is a radical departure from all conceptualizations which preceded him. In this major contribution to the series Makers of Modern Psychotherapy, Joan and Neville Symington concentrate on understanding Bion's concepts in relation to clinical practice, but their book is also accessible to the educated reader who wishes to understand the main contours of Bion's thinking. Rather than following the chronological development of Bion's ideas, each chapter looks in depth at an important theme in his thinking and describes how this contributes to his revolutionary model of the mind.
Categories: Psychology

The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion

The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion

Clinical. Thinking. of. Wilfred. Bion. Wilfred Bion (1897–1979) is considered a provocative and illuminating contributor to the debate on the nature of ...

Author: Joan Symington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134870912

Category: Psychology

Page: 216

View: 638

Winner of the 2013 Sigourney Award! Psychoanalysis seen through Bion's eyes is a radical departure from all conceptualizations which preceded him. In this major contribution to the series Makers of Modern Psychotherapy, Joan and Neville Symington concentrate on understanding Bion's concepts in relation to clinical practice, but their book is also accessible to the educated reader who wishes to understand the main contours of Bion's thinking. Rather than following the chronological development of Bion's ideas, each chapter looks in depth at an important theme in his thinking and describes how this contributes to his revolutionary model of the mind.
Categories: Psychology

The Growth of Mind

The Growth of Mind

The book attempts to understand better what this unconscious state is like and how we can think about it, underpinned by the belief that the better we understand it, the more its structure changes.

Author: Neville Symington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429829604

Category: Psychology

Page: 118

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The Growth of Mind is the product of a series of ten lectures by Neville Symington. It offers an understanding of the mind and its capacity to discover truth, establishing this as the foundation stone for our judgment and critique of the human world. Although the book’s field of exploration lies in psychological processes met in the consulting-room, grounded in the general principles of psycho-analysis, the book’s mode of enquiry is to elucidate a knowledge of individual people. Exploring the mind’s active role in understanding, the book suggests that the act of understanding has a transformative function, and that to be a person is to be a part of a community. It suggests that the super-ego is a sign of some undeveloped function within the personality. If the ego and all its functions are fully evolved, then the super-ego will only be minimally present in the personality. Symington posits that the unconscious represents an agglomerative mass in an undifferentiated and indistinguishable state, rather than a realm of distinguishable thoughts or feelings that are not currently present to consciousness. The book attempts to understand better what this unconscious state is like and how we can think about it, underpinned by the belief that the better we understand it, the more its structure changes. The Growth of Mind is aimed at professionals and researchers who have a basic understanding of the mind and its mode of operating. It will help readers become aware of this knowledge, strengthening it in the process and allowing it to become a foundational source of inspiration.
Categories: Psychology

A Pattern of Madness

A Pattern of Madness

Critical of psychiatry's mere symptomatology, and of much psychotherapeutic practice as superficial and sterile, the present volume probes compellingly into the narcissistic pattern in an effort to delineate its structure in all its ...

Author: Neville Symington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429910418

Category: Psychology

Page: 248

View: 582

Author of many respected psychoanalytic works including Narcissism: A New Theory, Emotion and Spirit, Making of a Psychotherapist and Spirit of Sanity, the distinguished psychoanalyst Neville Symington's latest book expands, refines and deepens what has become an ever more impressive, far-reaching and absorbing inquiry into the nature of madness and sanity. It is Symington's central contention that the core psychopathology of our times can be identified and designated as narcissism, although self-centredness, egoism or solipsism might serve equally well. Critical of psychiatry's mere symptomatology, and of much psychotherapeutic practice as superficial and sterile, the present volume probes compellingly into the narcissistic pattern in an effort to delineate its structure in all its complexity and thereby gain a measure of perspective and distance from this most intractable of psychic states.
Categories: Psychology

The Psychology of the Person

The Psychology of the Person

What is a person? How is a person different from someone who is not a person? This book set out to answer these questions. It intends to sketch out a 'psychology of the person'.

Author: Neville Symington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1780490690

Category: Psychology

Page: 155

View: 795

The definition of 'person' implies that no two people, even identical twins, are the same. What is a person? How is a person different from someone who is not a person? This book set out to answer these questions. It intends to sketch out a 'psychology of the person'.
Categories: Psychology

A Different Path

A Different Path

"Symington has written a dozen books about psychoanalysis, but this one is different from all the others.

Author: Neville Symington

Publisher:

ISBN: 178220427X

Category: Psychoanalysis

Page: 323

View: 997

"Symington has written a dozen books about psychoanalysis, but this one is different from all the others. It is an emotional autobiography that starts with his own birth and gives a character sketch of his mother and father and his upbringing in Portugal, with a two-year period in Canada, and takes the reader through to the age of 45 by which time he was a qualified psychoanalyst, married with two sons and, at the time, living in London"--Publisher's description.
Categories: Psychoanalysis

Wilfred Bion Thinking and Emotional Experience with Moving Images

Wilfred Bion  Thinking  and Emotional Experience with Moving Images

This book offers a return to psychoanalytic theory within moving image studies, contributing to the recent works that have explored object relations psychoanalysis within visual culture (specifically the writings of Klein and Winnicott), ...

Author: Kelli Fuery

Publisher:

ISBN: 1138590800

Category: Motion pictures

Page: 184

View: 927

Wilfred Bion's theories of dreaming, of the analytic situation, of reality and everyday life, and even of the contact between the body and the mind offer very different, and highly fruitful, perspectives on lived experience. Yet very little of his work has entered the field of visual culture, especially film and media studies. Kelli Fuery offers an engaging overview of Bion's most significant contribution to psychoanalysis- his theory of thinking- and demonstrates its relevance for why we watch moving images. Bion's theory of thinking is presented as an alternative model for the examination of how we experience moving images and how they work as tools which we use to help us 'think' emotional experience. 'Being Embedded' is a term used to identify and acknowledge the link between thinking and emotional experience within the lived reception of cinema. It is a concept that everyone can speak to as already knowing, already having felt it - being embedded is at the core of lived and thinking experience. This book offers a return to psychoanalytic theory within moving image studies, contributing to the recent works that have explored object relations psychoanalysis within visual culture (specifically the writings of Klein and Winnicott), but differs in its reference and examination of previously overlooked, but highly pivotal, thinkers such as Bion, Bollas and Ogden. A theorization of thinking as an affective structure within moving image experience provides a fresh avenue for psychoanalytic theory within visual culture. Wilfred Bion, Thinking, and Emotional Experience with Moving Images will appeal to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists, as well as scholars and students of film and media studies, cultural studies and cultural sociology and anthropology, visual culture, media theory, philosophy, and psychosocial studies.
Categories: Motion pictures

In gratitude and Other Poems

In gratitude and Other Poems

They are not a big offering but they mean a lot to me. The most important of these is the long poem IN-GRATITUDE which comes first.

Author: Neville Symington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1855758237

Category: Poetry

Page: 96

View: 457

'Where does the creative act come from? No one knows. All the rash of literature in recent times from artists, scientists and theologians on the subject of consciousness finds its origin in this puzzle.Creating what has happened to one into an art form has one effect: it dissolves the barrier between the present and the past. The past is constantly stimulated into life by present experiencesparticularly when listening to someone else relating their experiences. It brings me then into a close sharing of experience with the other. Analytic theories are substitutes for these personal experiences.So these poems are a few casual glimpses when the spirit has risen to the challenge. They are not a big offering but they mean a lot to me. The most important of these is the long poem IN-GRATITUDE which comes first.
Categories: Poetry

BECOMING A PERSON THROUGH PSYCHOANALYSIS

BECOMING A PERSON THROUGH PSYCHOANALYSIS

What Neville Symington is attempting to do in this book is to trace the pathway along which he has travelled to become a person.

Author: NEVILLE SYMINGTON

Publisher:

ISBN: 036710587X

Category:

Page: 382

View: 459

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Imprisoned Pain and Its Transformation

Imprisoned Pain and Its Transformation

In this volume a wide range of clinicians reflect on the debt they owe to his work, and in particular on the idea of analysis as a means for understanding and transforming psychic pain.

Author: Hyam Sydney Klein

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1855752433

Category: Psychology

Page: 244

View: 429

This book is a festschrift for Sydney Klein, an eminent British Psychoanalyst whose work on such topics as children, groups, psychosomatic illness, delinquent perversions, manic states, and autistic phenomena is known worldwide. His thinking reflects the work of Melanie Klein and Wilfred Bion, as well as that of other eminent writers, such as Frances Tustin. In this volume, clinicians from a wide range of backgrounds reflect on the debt they owe to his work, and in particular on the idea of analysis as a means for understanding and transforming psychic pain. The papers cover a wide range of topics, from theoretical papers to detailed clinical discussions. Edna O'Shaughnessy discusses the anal organization of the instincts, Michael Feldman writes on projective identification, Leslie Sohn on the envious superego, Anne Alvarez on work with borderline children, and Mauro Maura on autism. In these and the other contributions, readers will find a depth of experience and clarity of thought reflecting amply Sydney Klein's contribution to psychoanalysis. This book is invaluable for anyone concerned with the state of psychoanalysis today.
Categories: Psychology

Imprisoned Pain and Its Transformation

Imprisoned Pain and Its Transformation

This is particularly important in borderline patients in whom such unmasking interpretations may be ego-depleting in that they do not take into account the immediate meaning of the child’s communication.

Author: Joan Symington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429914782

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

View: 239

In this chapter Anne Alvarez describes how supervision with Sydney Klein played a decisive part in transforming her understanding of the importance of the grammar of interpretation—that not all interpretations have to unmask hidden desires on the negative side but, rather, can help the evolving process of growth and understanding. This is particularly important in borderline patients in whom such unmasking interpretations may be ego-depleting in that they do not take into account the immediate meaning of the child’s communication.
Categories: Psychology

Bion Today

Bion Today

The clinical thinking of Wilfred Bionextendedfurther Melanie Klein's own expansionof Freud's metapsychology, asdescribed by Meltzer(1979, 1981).

Author: Chris Mawson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317723073

Category: Psychology

Page: 464

View: 945

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 psychoanalysis. Bion 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.
Categories: Psychology

Wilfred Bion

Wilfred Bion

Wilfred Bion's unpublished lectures at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in April in 1967 represent a unique opportunity for students either new to or continuing in the study of the author's unique psychoanalytic vertex.

Author: Wilfred R. Bion

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429924064

Category: Psychology

Page: 176

View: 774

Wilfred Bion's unpublished lectures at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in April in 1967 represent a unique opportunity for students either new to or continuing in the study of the author's unique psychoanalytic vertex. Here one can both read - and hear - the author's clear exposition of his clinical and theoretical thinking to an audience of primarily Freudian trained American analysts, most of whom were new to his ideas. The first lecture sets out the author's ideas on 'memory and desire' in a paper that set the benchmark in the origins of contemporary Kleinian clinical technique. The author discusses the various factors that facilitate optimal listening receptivity in the analyst, for example how one differentiates the 'K' link vis-a-vis 'transformations in O.' In the second lecture, the author defined projective identification, container/contained and 'beta elements'- and how these ideas serve as an orienting template for the analyst's understanding of 'proto-mental' states of mind, either in psychotic, borderline or neurotic patients. He clarifies these ideas while engaging with the queries of renowned American analysts, such as Ralph Greenson.
Categories: Psychology

Healing Identities

Healing Identities

Wilfred R. Bion, “Attacks on Linking,” in Second Thoughts: Selected Papers on ... The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion (London: Routledge, 1996), 1-13. 54.

Author: Cynthia Burack

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501726699

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 656

Group identifications famously pose the problem of destructive rhetoric and action against others. Cynthia Burack brings together the theory work of women of color and the tools of psychoanalysis to examine the effects of group collaborations for social justice and progressive politics. This juxtaposition illuminates some assumptions about race and equality encoded in psychoanalysis. Burack's discursive analysis suggests the positive, identity-affirming aspects of group relational life for African American women. One analytic response to groups emphasizes the dangers of these identifications and exhorts people to abandon or transcend them for their own good and for the good of others who may be harmed by group-based forms of cultural or material violence. Another response understands that people feel a need for group identifications and asks how they may be made more resistant to malignant group-based discourse and action. What can black feminist thought teach scholars and democratic citizens about groups? Burack shows how the rhetoric of black feminism models reparative, rather than destructive, forms of group dialogue and action. Although it may be impossible to eliminate group identifications that provide much of the impetus for bias and violence, she argues, we can encourage more progressive forms of leadership, solidarity, and coalition politics.
Categories: Social Science

Learning from Experience

Learning from Experience

In this book Bion describes his use of the term "alpha-function" to conceptualize how the data of emotional experience is processed and digested.

Author: Wilfred R. Bion

Publisher: Jason Aronson

ISBN: 9781568212548

Category: Psychology

Page: 126

View: 257

In this book Bion describes his use of the term "alpha-function" to conceptualize how the data of emotional experience is processed and digested. This includes his thinking on "contact barriers" and the bearing of "projective identification" on the genesis of thought. A Jason Aronson Book
Categories: Psychology

Bion and Meltzer s Expeditions into Unmapped Mental Life

Bion and Meltzer s Expeditions into Unmapped Mental Life

Psychoanalysis strives towards truth; this is its essence. However, emotional truth is often unknowable and not amenable to verbal communication.

Author: Avner Bergstein

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351180252

Category: Psychology

Page: 204

View: 674

Drawing on the influential contributions of Wilfred Bion and Donald Meltzer to psychoanalysis, Bion and Meltzer's Expeditions into Unmapped Mental Life explores and addresses the clinical implications of their work, both through revisiting several of their conceptions and illustrating them with detailed clinical material from the analyses of children, adolescents, and adults. Psychoanalysis strives towards truth; this is its essence. However, emotional truth is often unknowable and not amenable to verbal communication. This ineffable mental realm is at the heart of both Bion and Meltzer's psychoanalytic endeavours. Bion's writings reflect a developmental stage in the evolution of psychoanalysis, extending clinical work to mental realms that were seemingly unreachable. Donald Meltzer further infuses Bion's thinking with his own original notions of beauty and aesthetics, imbuing Bion's profound thinking with a poetic and lyrical tenor. Writing in a clear and lucid manner, Avner Bergstein integrates Bion's sometimes highly theoretical thinking with everyday clinical practice, facilitating his dense and condensed formulations and making them clinically accessible and useful. Bion and Meltzer's Expeditions into Unmapped Mental Life is written for psychoanalysts and psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapists who are attracted to Bion and Meltzer's radical thinking.
Categories: Psychology

Wilfred Bion Thinking and Emotional Experience with Moving Images

Wilfred Bion  Thinking  and Emotional Experience with Moving Images

This book offers a return to psychoanalytic theory within moving image studies, contributing to the recent works that have explored object relations psychoanalysis within visual culture (specifically the writings of Klein and Winnicott), ...

Author: Kelli Fuery

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429956027

Category: Psychology

Page: 184

View: 177

Wilfred Bion’s theories of dreaming, of the analytic situation, of reality and everyday life, and even of the contact between the body and the mind offer very different, and highly fruitful, perspectives on lived experience. Yet very little of his work has entered the field of visual culture, especially film and media studies. Kelli Fuery offers an engaging overview of Bion’s most significant contribution to psychoanalysis- his theory of thinking- and demonstrates its relevance for why we watch moving images. Bion’s theory of thinking is presented as an alternative model for the examination of how we experience moving images and how they work as tools which we use to help us ‘think’ emotional experience. ‘Being Embedded’ is a term used to identify and acknowledge the link between thinking and emotional experience within the lived reception of cinema. It is a concept that everyone can speak to as already knowing, already having felt it - being embedded is at the core of lived and thinking experience. This book offers a return to psychoanalytic theory within moving image studies, contributing to the recent works that have explored object relations psychoanalysis within visual culture (specifically the writings of Klein and Winnicott), but differs in its reference and examination of previously overlooked, but highly pivotal, thinkers such as Bion, Bollas and Ogden. A theorization of thinking as an affective structure within moving image experience provides a fresh avenue for psychoanalytic theory within visual culture. Wilfred Bion, Thinking, and Emotional Experience with Moving Images will appeal to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists, as well as scholars and students of film and media studies, cultural studies and cultural sociology and anthropology, visual culture, media theory, philosophy, and psychosocial studies.
Categories: Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology

CRITICAL THINKING TASKS ve 4 Observe a mother interacting with a baby for a few minutes . ... Wilfred Bion : His Life and Works 1897 - 1979 .

Author: Jacki Watts

Publisher: Juta and Company Ltd

ISBN: 1919895159

Category: Psychology

Page: 686

View: 900

Offers a theory-driven approach to understanding human development from two perspectives - the psychoanalytic and the cognitive. This book presents thoughts on the South African context and the impact it has on development. It is suitable for undergraduates, postgraduates and health professionals.
Categories: Psychology

Narcissism

Narcissism

The author presents fresh insights into the subject of narcissism, drawing on his vast clinical experience of treating people suffering from this disorder.

Author: Neville Symington

Publisher:

ISBN: 1855750473

Category: Psychology

Page: 137

View: 464

The author presents fresh insights into the subject of narcissism, drawing on his vast clinical experience of treating people suffering from this disorder.
Categories: Psychology