A Beam of Intense Darkness: Wilfred Bion's Legacy to Psychoanalysis, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

A Beam of Intense Darkness

Wilfred Bion's Legacy to Psychoanalysis, 1st Edition

By James S. Grotstein


400 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

ContentsCHAPTER 1. The Scope Of This BookCHAPTER 2. What Kind Of Analyst Was Bion?CHAPTER 3. What Kind Of Person Was Bion?CHAPTER 4. Bion's visionCHAPTER 5 Bion's LegacyCHAPTER 6. A Brief Summary Of Bion's MetatheoryCHAPTER 7. Bion On TechniqueCHAPTER 8. Clinical Case Encompassing Bion's Technical IdeasCHAPTER 9. Bion, The Mathematician, Bion, The MysticCHAPTER 10. The Language Of AchievementCHAPTER 11. Bion's Discovery Of O CHAPTER 12. The Concept Of The "Transcendent Position"CHAPTER 13. The "Quest For The Truth": Part A: The "Truth Drive" As The Hidden Order Of Bion's Metatheory For PsychoanalysisCHAPTER 14. Part B: "The Truth Drive" Curiosity About The Truth As The "Seventh Servant"CHAPTER 15. Lies, "Lies," And FalsehoodsCHAPTER 16. The Container And The ContainedCHAPTER 17. "Projective Transidentification": An Extension Of The Concept Of Projective IdentificationCHAPTER 18. Bion's Work With Groups CHAPTER 19. Bion's Studies In PsychosisCHAPTER 20. TransformationsCHAPTER 21. Learning From ExperienceCHAPTER 22. The Breast, The "No-breast," And The PointCHAPTER 23. The GridCHAPTER 24. The Question Of Fetal Mental Life And Its Caesura With Post-natal Mental LifeCHAPTER 25. What Does It Mean To Dream?" A Preliminary Note On Bion's Theory Of DreamingCHAPTER 26. "…perchance To Dream…": The Profounder Mission Of DreamingCHAPTER 27. "Become" CHAPTER 28. P-s To DCHAPTER 29. L, H, And PassionCHAPTER 30. Faith CHAPTER 31. The Importance Of Bion's Discovery Of Zero ('No-thing") CHAPTER 32. A Pot Pourri Of Selected Contributions By Bion CHAPTER 33. A Reading Of Bion's A Memoir Of The FutureCHAPTER 34. Epilogue For The Book

About the Author

James S Grotstein

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health