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

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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

M A K E R S C F M C D E R N P S Y C H C T H E R A P Y The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion Joan and Neville Symington The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion Wilfred Bion (1897–1979) is.

Author: Joan Symington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134870912

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

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

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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 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.
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A Different Path

A Different Path

However, the author takes the reader through the period of his earlier career in the Church in a parish in the East End of London and the turbulent period of change that led him to take leave of this first career, seek psychoanalysis and ...

Author: Neville Symington

Publisher: Aeon Books

ISBN: 9781912573585

Category: Psychology

Page: 334

View: 979

"Our human task is to be lived by Life. Life as a transcendent principle. It seems to me that a reliable test of whether we have lived worthwhile lives is this: is the world a better place for my having lived in it?"Neville 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.This sounds like the story of a peaceful journey from childhood through to his chosen career in adulthood. However, the author takes the reader through the period of his earlier career in the Church in a parish in the East End of London and the turbulent period of change that led him to take leave of this first career, seek psychoanalysis and finally to become a psychoanalyst himself.This is an engaging book that charts the emotional storms and the ups and downs that beset the life's journey of a well-known psychoanalyst.
Categories: Psychology

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: Routledge

ISBN: 1855755408

Category: Psychology

Page: 360

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What Neville Symington is attempting to do in this book is to trace the pathway along which he has travelled to become a person. This has run side by side with trying to become an analyst. The former is a deeper task, and one which requires him to stretch beyond the official reaches of psychoanalysis.
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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

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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 Healing Conversation

A Healing Conversation

Why does conversation have the power to heal? This title attempts to answer this question.

Author: Neville Symington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1855753596

Category: Psychology

Page: 147

View: 484

Why does conversation have the power to heal? This title attempts to answer this question.
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INGRATITUDE OTHER POEMS

INGRATITUDE   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:

ISBN: 0367106922

Category:

Page: 108

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Bion Today

Bion Today

transference and countertransference, something to which Grotstein (2007) attests from his personal experience of his analysis withBion. The clinical thinking of Wilfred Bionextendedfurther Melanie Klein's own expansionof Freud's ...

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.
Categories: Psychology

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.

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

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

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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

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: 164

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

Cape Town 2007

Cape Town 2007

The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion. london: rout- ledge. wildman, C. (2007). music therapist, personal communication. williams, w. Carlos The Orchestra. Cited in Cd liner notes; steve reich PHASES; a nonesuch retrospective, ...

Author: Pramila Bennett

Publisher: Daimon

ISBN: 9783856307288

Category: Psychology

Page: 282

View: 739

Book & CD. The 17th Triannual Congress of the International Association for Analytical Psychology took place in Cape Town, South Africa, in August 2007. The presentations are printed in this volume. A CD with all the congress presentations and a selection of images is also included. Listed here are just a few of the many presentations: Journeys -- Encounters Clinical, Communal, Cultural, by Joe Cambray; How Does One Speak of Social Psychology in a Nation in Transition?, by Mamphela Ramphele; Trauma, Forgiveness and the Witnessing Dance: Making Public Spaces Intimate, by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela; Shifting Shadows: Shaping Dynamics in the Cultural Unconscious, by Catherine Kaplinsky; Journey to the Center: Images of Wilderness and the Origins of the Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts, by Graham S Saayman; Panel: Prehistoric Rock Art: The Biped Surprised, by Christian Gaillard; and Harnessing the Brain: Vision and Shamanism in Upper Paleolithic Western Europe, by J D Lewis-Williams.
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The Dictionary of the Work of W R Bion

The Dictionary of the Work of W R  Bion

The Kleinian development Part III, The Clinical Significance of the Work of Bion, Perthshire, Scotland: Clunie Press. Meltzer, D. (1986). ... Origins of European Thought. ... The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion, London: Routledge.

Author: Rafael E. Lopez-Corvo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429920486

Category: Psychology

Page: 352

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This impressive work constitutes an important and timely addition to existing dictionaries of psychoanalytic ideas. It is not intended to replace the reading of Bion's original texts nor is it a biography of W.R. Bion, the man. A brief history of Bion's life is offered in the introduction to illuminate the conscious and unconscious factors that may have been an influence on his work, but the aim of this volume is to serve as an insightful and comprehensive guide to the often obscure meanings and terms explored and created by Bion throughout his many years, first as a psychiatrist and later as a psychoanalyst. It is an essential companion to the works of Bion that brings clarity and understanding to his absorbing concepts and is a vital addition to the library of anyone who has read and wondered over the writings of W.R. Bion.
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Becoming a Person Through Psychoanalysis

Becoming a Person Through Psychoanalysis

In our book on the clinical thinking of Wilfred Bion we quote this sentence from the philosopher Whitehead: “It is a well-founded historical generalisation that the last thing to be discovered in any science is what the science is ...

Author: Neville Symington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429897009

Category: Psychology

Page: 384

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What Neville Symington is attempting to do in this book is to trace the pathway along which he has travelled to become a person. This has run side by side with trying to become an analyst. The author has made landmark discoveries when reading philosophy, sociology, history, and literature. Learning to paint, learning to fly a plane, and also the study of art and of aviation theory have opened up new vistas. This account is only a sketch. The completed picture will never materialize. It is therefore autobiographical but only in a partial sense. It is always emphasized that one's own personal experience of being psychoanalysed is by far the most significant part of a psychoanalyst's education.
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Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology

... you understand this in terms of Bion's theory ? CRITICAL THINKING TASKS 4 Observe a mother interacting with a baby for a few minutes . ... A Beam of Intense Darkness : Wilfred Bion's Legacy to Psychoanalysis . London : Karnac .

Author: Jacki Watts

Publisher: Juta and Company Ltd

ISBN: 1919895159

Category: Psychology

Page: 686

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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

Reading Bion

Reading Bion

Pure Non-Sense Without the Contamination by Sensea Case of Beckett and Bion (unpublished manuscript). Simon, B. (1988) The imaginary ... Symington, J. and Symington, N. (1996) The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion, London: Routledge.

Author: Rudi Vermote

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429959530

Category: Psychology

Page: 274

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Wilfred R. Bion is considered a ground-breaking psychoanalyst. His thinking is rooted in Freud and Klein from where it takes an original flight. Reading Bion shows the evolution of his seminal insights in psychic functioning and puts them in a wider context. Rudi Vermote integrates a chronological close reading and discussion of Bion’s texts, with a comprehensive approach of his major concepts. The book is divided in two main parts: Transformation in Knowledge: Bion’s odyssey to understand psychic processing or the mind Transformation in O: in which Bion reinterprets his former concepts from the dimension of the unknown and unknowable The running text is put against a background of biographical data and scientific, artistic and philosophical influences on his work, which are highlighted in boxes and separate chapters. Bion’s concepts are important for anyone dealing with the mind. His ideas have an ongoing deep impact on psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and psychopathology. His concepts help to understand psychic change, creativity, individual psychodynamics and small and large-group phenomena. The discovery of their value for studies on art, literature, sociology, religion, economics has just begun. Reading Bion starts from the very beginning so that it is instructive for people who are new to his work, but the close reading and background information make it a meaningful companion for experienced psychoanalysts and psychotherapists studying his work.
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A Beam of Intense Darkness

A Beam of Intense Darkness

... 1993); Wilfred Bion: His Life and Works 1897- 1979, by Gerard Bléandonu (1993); The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion, by Joan and Neville Symington (1996); The Dictionary of the Work of W. R. Bion (2003) and Wild Thoughts Looking ...

Author: James S. Grotstein

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429910203

Category: Psychology

Page: 400

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The author surveys Bion's publications and elaborates on his key contributions in depth while also critiquing them. The scope of this work is to synopsize, synthesize, and extend Bion's works in a reader-friendly manner. The book presents his legacy - his most important ideas for psychoanalysis. These ideas need to be known by the mental health profession at large. This work highlights and defines the broader and deeper implications of his works.It presents his ideas faithfully and also uses his ideas as "launching pads" for the author's conjectures about where his ideas point.
Categories: Psychology