1st Edition

On Mental Growth
Bion's Ideas that Transform Psychoanalytical Clinical Practice

ISBN 9781782203803
Published June 30, 2017 by Routledge
228 Pages

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Book Description

This book represents some of Wilfred Bion's basic concepts, which are reconsidered from the perspective of mental growth. It elucidates Bion's significant legacy of the differentiation between the psychotic and non-psychotic parts of the personality and its evolution in his writings.

Table of Contents

On Mental Growth -- Preface -- Foreword -- INTRODUCTION The ultrasensorial and infrasensorial spectrum: the extension of the psychoanalytical map of the mind -- Bion: the thinker and his work -- Differentiation between the psychotic and the non-psychotic parts of the personality -- Projective identification: realistic, communicative, and hypertrophic modalities -- An illustration of the ideas in Chapter Three used as clinical material through the film Pi -- The origin and nature of thinking -- Illustration of the ideas about the origin and nature of thought using the film Twelve Angry Men -- Learning from Experience: alpha function and reverie -- The matrix functions of thinking: myths, dreams, and models -- The function of dreams and myths as instruments with which to investigate mental life -- A theory of knowing—dreaming—thinking: emotional links and the container—contained relationship -- Transformations -- The difference between reparation and transformation -- Tropisms and mental growth

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