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

Bion Today

Bion Today

The clinical thinking of Wilfred Bionextendedfurther Melanie Klein's own
expansionof Freud's metapsychology, asdescribed by Meltzer(1979, 1981).
Together with the work of Segal, Rosenfeld, Henri Rey, and,more recently, Betty
Joseph and ...

Author: Chris Mawson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317723073

Category: Psychology

Page: 464

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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 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.
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Healing Identities

Healing Identities

There is a meaningful (albeit frequently unremarked) “theoretical disjunction”
between the work of Bion and that of Klein. See Joan Symington and Neville
Symington, 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

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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

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

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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.
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Primitive Mental States

Primitive Mental States

... of Psychotherapy , and is joint author with her husband , Neville , of the book
The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion . ... He held a senior staff position in the
Adult Department of the Tavistock Clinic from 1976 – 1985 and was Chairman of
the ...

Author: Shelley Alhanati

Publisher: Jason Aronson Incorporated

ISBN: 1568216858

Category: Psychology

Page: 267

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This is the first volume of an annual dedicated to the study of primitive mental states. We are drawn to and fascinated by the primitive, yet its meanings are multiple and complex. Primitive has been used synonymously with early, original, unorganized, organizing, random, deep, regressed, savage, fundamental, Dionysian, demonic, pregenital, and archetypal, among other terms. Primitive mental states are paradoxically described as highly sophisticated and deeply unsophisticated; as originating in culture or biology; as being spiritual, intrapsychic and intrasubjective. As is clear, though the meaning of primitive cannot be captured by a single definition, it does refer to something powerful, and that something is the subject of this series. With contributions from experts in many different fields, this first volume should be of interest to therapists, students of literature, and anyone interested in exploring the workings of the mind.
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Relational Group Psychotherapy

Relational Group Psychotherapy

In my opinion, Billow is the most able author in our field to present the theoretical
and clinical thinking of Wilfred Bion. Bion's writings are notoriously difficult to
comprehend and Billow has made a significant contribution in bringing together ...

Author: Richard Billow

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781846423833

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

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Integrating cutting-edge relational theory with technique, this volume reveals the deeply personal nature of the intersubjective process of group therapy as it affects the group therapist and other group members. By locating the group therapist's experience in the centre of the action, Richard M. Billow moves away from traditional approaches in group psychotherapy. Instead, he places emphasis on the effect of the therapist's own evolving psychology on what occurs and what does not occur in group psychotherapy. Building on Bion's early theory of group and his later formulations regarding the structure of thought and the role of affect, this work expands on the present understanding of relational theory and technique. Through the use of clinical anecdotes the author is able to ground theory in the realities of clinical experience making this essential reading for group psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, academics and students of psychoanalytic theory.
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Clinical Seminars and Other Works

Clinical Seminars and Other Works

This selection of clinical seminars held by Wilfred Bion in Brasilia (1975) and Sao Paulo (1978) is the nearest we shall ever get to experiencing his application of his theories and views to consulting-room practice.

Author: Wilfred R. Bion

Publisher: Karnac Books

ISBN: 9781780499024

Category: Psychology

Page: 360

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This selection of clinical seminars held by Wilfred Bion in Brasilia (1975) and Sao Paulo (1978) is the nearest we shall ever get to experiencing his application of his theories and views to consulting-room practice. It is also likely to be the only printed record of this area of his work. As those who underwent analysis with Bion will testify, nothing can approach the experience of the thing itself, but, failing that, these seminars may help to fill the gap now that his voice can only be heard through his published writings and lectures. Other works included are 'Four Discussions' and 'Four Papers'.The reader will find here no jargon, dogma or theoretical exposition; Bion knew that the enormous difficulties involved in communicating verbally this infinitely complex subject are only compounded by the use of what is often nothing more than "psychobabble". His intentional choice of simple language, accurately and consistently used, can come as a surprise; a presenting analyst says "Your suggestion of what to say to the patient seemed much simpler than what is usually said by the analyst."He described analysis as a "tough job", "a dangerous occupation", and the analytic experience as "potentially nasty both for the analyst and the analysand ...like being at sea - it is as stormy for both people." To the question of whether it is the analyst's function to help the patient, he gives this illuminating reply: "...we are trying to say: 'I will help you to know yourself...I am trying to be a mirror to reflect back to you who you are, so that you can see in what I say to you an image of your self.'"Throughout these seminars (and the following discussions and papers) runs the thread of Bion's penetrating insight, his recognition of truth, and his fascination with the human character. In observing the patient he believed that the analyst must combine the disciplined curiosity of the scientist, the warmth of the humanist, the wisdom of the philosopher, and the sensitivity of the artist. A tall order indeed, but one to which this remarkable man came very close to fulfilling.
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How to Choose a Psychotherapist

How to Choose a Psychotherapist

So are standards of practice being sacrificed while we are trying to keep up with the demand? Are the right people training to be psychotherapists? Have you got the right psychotherapist?

Author: Andrew Symington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429900396

Category: Psychology

Page: 68

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The demand for psychotherapy and counselling is greater than ever. More and more people are enrolling on psychotherapy and counselling courses; the number of different associations in this industry has doubled and everyone knows someone who is in therapy or at least thinking about it. So are standards of practice being sacrificed while we are trying to keep up with the demand? Are the right people training to be a psychotherapists? Have you got the right psychotherapist?' This little book is written for patients. It is a challenge to action. Do not be satisfied with a malingering treatment. Gird your loins and challenge your psychotherapist and be prepared to go to a new one. It is worth the trouble to find the right person. Psychotherapy is a long and expensive process so ensure that youy make it effective. It is your responsibility to find the right person. This book is a guide to help you in that search.'- From the Introduction.
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Second Thoughts

Second Thoughts

Originally composed between 1950 and 1962, it derives its title from the lengthy critical commentary which Bion attached to these case histories in the year of publication, 1967, and represents the evolutionary change of position marked in ...

Author: Wilfred R. Bion

Publisher: Karnac Books

ISBN: 9781781811016

Category: Psychology

Page: 184

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Second Thoughts is a collection of papers on Schizophrenia, Linking and Thinking, and his commentary upon them in the light of later work. Originally composed between 1950 and 1962, it derives its title from the lengthy critical commentary which Bion attached to these case histories in the year of publication, 1967, and represents the evolutionary change of position marked in his three previous books and brought to further refinement in the present work.
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Unruly Pleasures

Unruly Pleasures

For Regan , Karras and the other characters in the film , the resulting destruction
signifies , in Bion's terms , that the link Regan ... 26 Joan Symington & Neville
Symington , The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion ( London : Routledge , 1996 ) ,
p .

Author: Xavier Mendik

Publisher: Fab Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105029602971

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 253

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The first British volume dedicated to the critical consideration of cult movie making from the margins to the manstream. In a series of innovative articles by leading film critics and theorists, the book deals with aspects of the medium including the cult film's definitions, genres, film styles and gender depictions.
Categories: Performing Arts

Illusion

Illusion

A Psychodynamic Interpretation of Thinking and Belief Michael Jacobs. Kuhn TS
( 1962 ) The Structure of Scientific ... Symington J , Symington N ( 1996 ) The
Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion . London : Routledge . Thorner HA ( 1981 )
Notes ...

Author: Michael Jacobs

Publisher: Whurr Pub Limited

ISBN: UOM:39015050169864

Category: Psychology

Page: 142

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The ways we know, think and believe about a whole variety of key areas - different forms of discourse, psychotherapy as well as religion - have much more in common than is usually perceived. Through a series of fascinating parallels running across different disciplines, Jacobs demonstrates the possible analysis of modes of thinking and belief - from intuitive pre-thinking, through authoritative-driven thinking and belief, and personal and polymathic knowledge, to unknowing, the last concept being one that is shared by Bion, Winnicott and major mystical tradition. Using this theoretical model the book provides a map to how clients and indeed therapists might think and believe, suggesting ways in which they may be supported as they shift through different modes, with all the anxiety that disillusionment brings.
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International Dictionary of Psychoanalysis

International Dictionary of Psychoanalysis

Author: A. de Mijolla

Publisher: MacMillan Reference Library

ISBN: 0028659252

Category: Electronic books

Page: 2196

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The history of psychoanalysis in 50 countries shows the relationship between psychoanalysis and other disciplines, with entries discussing writers, philosophers, literary movements and historical events.
Categories: Electronic books

Contemporary Perspectives on Psychotherapy and Homosexualities

Contemporary Perspectives on Psychotherapy and Homosexualities

Steiner , J . ( 1996 ) ' The Aims Of Psychoanalysis In Theory And In Practice ' ,
International Journal of Psycho - Analysis , 77 : 1073 – 83 . Symington , J . and
Symington , N . ( 1996 ) The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion , London :
Routledge .

Author: Christopher Shelley

Publisher: Free Assn Books

ISBN: UOM:39015043268781

Category: Psychology

Page: 231

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This text addresses some of the issues that surround psychotherapy training programmes and the special needs of the gay and lesbian populations. It examines theories and models of practice that should be more beneficial to the therapeutic needs of homosexual clients.
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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

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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
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Assessment of Parenting Competency in Mothers with Mental Illness

Assessment of Parenting Competency in Mothers with Mental Illness

Maltreatment and disabilities : A populationbased epidemiologic study . Child
Abuse & Neglect : The International Journal , 24 , 1257-1273 . Symington , J. , &
Symington , N. ( 1999 ) . The clinical thinking of Wilfred Bion . New York : Brunner
 ...

Author: Teresa Ostler

Publisher: Brookes Pub

ISBN: CHI:69874099

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 188

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Proven, step-by-step approach to fairly assessing the parenting of mother with mental illness and risk of child abuse/maltreatment
Categories: Family & Relationships

Counselling and Coping

Counselling and Coping

The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion . London : Routledge . Trowell , J . and
Marion , B . ( 1995 ) . The Emotional Needs of Young Children and their Families
: Using Psychoanalytic Ideas in the Community . London : Routledge . Ullman , R
. B ...

Author: Kerry Gibson

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105111905589

Category: Counseling

Page: 143

View: 704

Coping with your role as counsellor takes a heavy toll, whether you are a trauma counsellor, a nurse in an HIV/Aids clinic, a teacher, a policeman, or a human resources manager. This concise, and highly readable book, built on case studies and real-life experience, and drawing on the best theory and research, provides the guidance needed to stay reflective, healthy and effective. It discusses issues of containment and expectation, effective listening, HIV/Aids and trauma counselling, cultural difference, and balancing your counselling role with day-to-day responsibilities. This is essential reading for all students of psychology, counselling and social work.
Categories: Counseling

Woodward of Mahinda

Woodward of Mahinda

... Press , 1974 ) Symington , J & N . The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion (
London : Routledge , 1996 ) Vitharana , V & de Silva , K . “ Souvenir Programme -
Musical Evening to commemorate the Memory of Ananda Samarakoon , 1998 ” .

Author: Michael Powell

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X004731368

Category: Buddhist scholars

Page: 442

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Categories: Buddhist scholars

Psychoanalysis with Wilfred R Bion

Psychoanalysis with Wilfred R  Bion

Psychoanalysis with Wilfred R. Bion is the product of François Lévy’s efforts over a period of twenty years to represent clearly the classical elements and the innovatory propositions of the thought and work of Bion, who offers both new ...

Author: François Lévy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000497335

Category: Psychology

Page: 186

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Psychoanalysis with Wilfred R. Bion is the product of François Lévy’s efforts over a period of twenty years to represent clearly the classical elements and the innovatory propositions of the thought and work of Bion, who offers both new and modified ways of practising and thinking about the psychoanalytic experience. Bion’s thought, methodical and intuitive, gave rise to profound modifications in the approach to the psychology of groups, clinical work with psychoses, and the conception of the genesis of thought. Some of his original notions – psychic growth, processes of thinking, transformations, alpha function, maternal reverie – constitute valuable tools for rethinking psychoanalytic practice. This book places Bion’s thought within a filiation that is faithful to those of Sigmund Freud and Melanie Klein. It shows the parallels that exist between Bion’s formalisations and those of Lacan. It also lays emphasis on the mechanisms of thought arising from the negative (André Green), from logic (Lewis Carroll), from causalist philosophy (David Hume), from literature (Milton, Blanchot) and from the physical sciences (Stephen Hawking). Finally, Lévy underlines the importance of placing individuals within the collective from which they have originated. Psychoanalysis with Wilfred R. Bion will appeal to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists looking to draw on the ideas of one of the most important and influential figures in the history of psychoanalysis.
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Four Discussions with W R Bion

Four Discussions with W  R  Bion

It therefore provides a useful introduction to his thinking, whilst the vitality of the exchanges demonstrates the creation and operation of a genuine 'work group' .This new 2019 edition also includes an introduction to Bion's model of the ...

Author: Wilfred R. Bion

Publisher: Karnac Books

ISBN: 9781912567614

Category: Psychology

Page: 112

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These four discussions held by Wilfred Bion with a small group of psychiatrists and psychotherapists in Los Angeles in 1976 were first published in 1978, edited by Francesca Bion. Despite its brevity the book covers in a very accessible way the main features of Bion's model of the mind and his view of the psychoanalyst at work. It therefore provides a useful introduction to his thinking, whilst the vitality of the exchanges demonstrates the creation and operation of a genuine 'work group' .This new 2019 edition also includes an introduction to Bion's model of the mind and glossary by Meg Harris Williams.
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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

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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.
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