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Bion Today

Edited by Chris Mawson

© 2011 – Routledge

464 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

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 bookintroduces 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.

Reviews

"This is a very stimulating, at times almost provocative, book. It will make a fresh and valuable contribution to our thinking about the nature and significance of Bion’s work today." - Betty Joseph, Distinguished Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, London, UK

"The book’s authors represent diverse parts of the psychoanalytic world and the book itself covers a dizzying range of topics… It deserves to be widely read." - Tom C. Russ, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Vol 25, No 3, September 2011

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to Bion. Mawson, Introduction: Bion Today: Thinking in the Field. O’Shaughnessy, Whose Bion? Part II: Mainly Conceptual. Fisher, The Emotional Experience of K. Britton, The Pleasure Principle, the Reality Principle and the Uncertainty Principle. Bell, Bion: The Phenomenologist of Loss. Taylor, Anticipation and Interpretation. Cortiñas, Science and Fiction in the Psychoanalytical Field. Part III: Mainly Clinical. Ferro, Clinical Implications of Bion's Thought. O'Shaughnessy, Relating to the Superego. Levine, ‘The Consolation Which is Drawn from Truth:’ The Analysis of a Patient Unable to Suffer Experience. Grotstein, Clinical Vignette Encompassing Bion’s Technical Ideas. Mitrani, Taking the Transference: Some Technical Implications in Three Papers by Bion. Part IV: Aesthetic. Dartington, W. R. Bion and T. S. Eliot. Sayers, Bion's Transformations: Art and Psychoanalysis. Part V: Group Mentality. Armstrong, The Plurability of Experience. Garland, Group Therapy: Myth in the Service of Work. Lipgar, Learning from Bion’s Legacy to Groups. Gordon, Some Neglected Clinical Material from Bion’s Experiences in Groups. Part VI: Later Bion. Vermote, Bion’s Critical Approach to Psychoanalysis. Waddell, ‘From Resemblance to Identity’: The Internal Narrative of a Fifty Minute Hour. Harris-Williams, ‘Underlying Pattern’ in Bion's Memoir of the Future. Karnac, Appendix: W. R. Bion Bibliography.

About the Editor

Chris Mawson is a training and supervising analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society and works as a psychoanalyst in private practice.

About the Series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis

The New Library of Psychoanalysis is published by Routledge Mental Health in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

Its purpose is to facilitate a greater and more widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis and to provide a forum for increasing mutual understanding between psychoanalysts and those in other disciplines. The series also aims to make some of the work of continental and other non-English speaking analysts more readily available to English-speaking readers, and to increase the interchange of ideas between British and American analysts.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis published its first book in 1987 under the editorship of David Tuckett, later followed by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Susan Budd and Dana Birksted-Breen. A considerable number of Associate Editors and readers have assisted the editors.

Under the guidance of Foreign Rights Editors, a considerable number of the New Library books have been published abroad, particularly in Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Peru, Spain and Japan.

The aim of the New Library of Psychoanalysis is to maintain the high level of scholarship of the previous series, to provide a forum for increasing understanding between psychoanalysis and other disciplines and to increase the interest of the general book-reading public in psychoanalysis.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis also aims to help the various schools of psychoanalysis to better understand each other. It has published books representing all three schools of thought in British psychoanalysis, including a particularly important work edited by Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner, expounding the intellectual and organisational controversies that developed in the British psychoanalytical Society between Kleinian, Viennese and 'middle group' analysts during the Second World War.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis has also translated and published several books by Continental psychoanalysts, and it plans in the future to continue the policy of publishing books that express as clearly as possible a variety of psychoanalytic points of view.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY026000
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis