On Minding and Being Minded explores links between depictions of lived experience written by Samuel Beckett and the experience of psychoanalytic psychotherapy pioneered in the writings of W.R. Bion. These robust literary and clinical intersections are made explicit within the demanding culture of twenty-first century psychotherapy as patient demand for time-limited, result-driven therapeutic outcomes conflicts sharply with the contours of intensive, long-term psychotherapy. Bion and Beckett present elements of familiarity to the practicing psychoanalyst which emerge tantalizingly, out of explicit reach, yet become knowable through interpersonal engagement. These stutterings and intimations are thick with meaning, suggestively presented in passing. They hint at how it is for the patient, provoking excitations of thinking; and, like the mental constructions of us all, their articulation conceals deep artistry. On Minding and Being Minded provides a therapeutic link bridging the single session with multiple session psychotherapy focused upon the dynamic engagement of patient and therapist.
Table of Contents
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHOR CHAPTER ONE Introducing the present formulationCHAPTER TWO Beginning How It Is: an energetic reading CHAPTER THREE How It Is again CHAPTER FOUR Learning how it is from experience CHAPTER FIVE How it is across time - the road from Connolly's Store CHAPTER SIX The present formulation claimed by the bog CHAPTER SEVEN The present formulation as bricolage CHAPTER EIGHT Psychotherapy and the present formulationCHAPTER NINE The present formulation: plod along as one CHAPTER TEN A second opinion REFERENCESINDEX