The contributions of Wilfred R. Bion are among the most cited in the analytic literature. Their appeal lies not only in their content and explanatory value, but in their generative potential. Although Bion’s training and many of his clinical instincts were deeply rooted in the classical tradition of Melanie Klein, his ideas have a potentially universal appeal. Rather than emphasizing a particular psychic content (e.g., Oedipal conflicts in need of resolution; splits that needed to be healed; preconceived transferences that must be allowed to form and flourish, etc.), he tried to help open and prepare the mind of the analyst (without memory, desire or theoretical preconception) for the encounter with the patient.
Bion’s formulations of group mentality and the psychotic and non-psychotic portions of the mind, his theory of thinking and emphasis on facing and articulating the truth of one’s existence so that one might truly learn first hand from one’s own experience, his description of psychic development (alpha function and container/contained) and his exploration of O are "non-denominational" concepts that defy relegation to a particular school or orientation of psychoanalysis. Consequently, his ideas have taken root in many places…. and those ideas continue to inform many different branches of psychoanalytic inquiry and interest.
It is with this heritage and its promise for the future developments of psychoanalysis in mind that we present The Routledge Wilfred R. Bion Studies Book Series. This series gathers together under newly emerging and continually evolving contributions to psychoanalytic thinking that rest upon Bion’s foundational texts and explore and extend the implications of his thought.
Introducing the Clinical Work of Wilfred Bion
Bion and Intuition in the Clinical Setting
Bion’s Legacy in São Paulo Theoretical Applications from the São Paulo Psychoanalytic Society (SBPSP)
The Post-Bionian Field Theory of Antonino Ferro Theoretical Analysis and Clinical Application
Bion and Thoughts Too Deep for Words Psychoanalysis, Suggestion, and the Language of the Unconscious
Psychoanalysis with Wilfred R. Bion Contemporary Approaches, Actuality and The Future of Psychoanalytic Practice
By Joseph Aguayo, Robert D. Hinshelwood, Sira Dermen, Nicola Abel-Hirsch
February 15, 2024
Bion in the Consulting Room addresses the long unanswered question of Bion’s clinical and supervisorial technique and examines the way Bion’s conceptual model and clinical practices informed his theoretical work. As Bion wrote about technique so rarely, the authors set about looking at many of his ...
By Howard B. Levine, Gisèle de Mattos Brito, José Américo Junqueira de Mattos
December 20, 2023
The Clinical Thinking of W. R. Bion in Brazil is comprised of thirteen transcriptions of supervisions Wilfred Bion conducted during his three teaching and speaking tours of Brazil. During these tours, Bion conducted over 130 public supervisions of analytic cases in English in which he explained his...
By Bernd Nissen
December 04, 2023
In this captivating volume, Bernd Nissen considers the multiplicity of nameless states, and the impact of their discovery on psychoanalytic theory and practice. The nameless is considered through a variety of lenses: trauma, unrepresented states, autistoid/autistic states, breakdown, non-existence,...
By Joseph Aguayo
April 28, 2023
Introducing the Clinical Work of Wilfred Bion takes a fresh approach to this much revered analyst, focusing on the unique contributions to be found in his analytical and supervisorial work and developing of received Kleinian theory. Starting from his childhood in India and his schooldays, through ...
By Antònia Grimalt
June 10, 2022
Bion and Intuition in the Clinical Setting focuses on Bion’s investigation of the intuitive approach to clinical data and lays out how Bion’s method encouraged constant effort by the analysts to relinquish its reliance on sensory and conceptual-verbal faculties to make room for intuition. Based on...
By Antònia Grimalt
June 10, 2022
Bion, Intuition and the Expansion of Psychoanalytic Theory illuminates how Bion’s work on intuition has changed the landscape of contemporary psychoanalysis through his understanding of its supra-scientific and non-sub-scientific condition. Based on the work of the biannual Bion conference, this ...
By Evelise Marra, Cecil Rezze
February 25, 2022
This collection illuminates the legacy of Wilfred R. Bion in Brazil, illustrating Bion’s continued inﬂuence on the work of the São Paulo Psychoanalytic Society (SBPSP), how Bionian ideas are applied in contemporary psychoanalysis, and how current practice has evolved over time. Evelise de Souza ...
By Judy K. Eekhoff
December 31, 2021
This clinically focused book explores W. R. Bion’s thinking on primitive and unrepresented mental states and shows how therapists can work effectively with traumatized patients who are difficult to reach. The author illuminates how trauma survivors suffer from direct access to primal ...
By Howard B. Levine
December 23, 2021
This exciting and original collection explores Antonino Ferro’s post-Bionian Field Theory, expanding upon the analytic work of Wilfred Bion to focus on the intersubjective development of psychic regulatory processes. Written by members of the Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies who have ...
By Robert Caper
March 11, 2020
Distinguishing psychoanalysis, as a search for truth, from suggestion, as a cure for symptoms, this book addresses the scientific status of psychoanalysis. Citing research into the relationship of infants to their caretakers, the author discusses evidence that unconscious communication is present ...
By François Lévy
August 05, 2019
Psychoanalysis with Wilfred R. Bion is the product of François Lévy’s efforts over a period of twenty years to represent clearly the classical elements and the innovatory propositions of the thought and work of Bion, who offers both new and modified ways of practising and thinking about the ...
By Afsaneh Alisobhani, Glenda Corstorphine
February 04, 2019
Wilfred Bion described "O" as "the unknowable and the unreachable ultimate truth". In this fascinating collection, a range of authors offer their own theoretical, clinical and artistic approaches to exploring this enduring but mysterious idea. Drawn from contributions from the 8th International ...