Beam of Intense Darkness Wilfred Bion's Legacy to Psychoanalysis

ISBN-10: 1855754487

ISBN-13: 9781855754485

Edition: 2007

Authors: James S. Grotstein

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The scope of this work is to synopsize, synthesize, extend, and to challenge Bion in a reader-friendly manner. Presenting the most important legacy-ideas for psychoanalysis-the ideas that are on the cutting edge of the field that need to be known by the mental health profession at large-it highlights and defines the broader and deeper implications of his works. A Beam of Intense Darkness presents Bion's ideas faithfully and also uses his ideas as launching pads for the author's conjectures about where Bion's ideas point. This includes such ideas as "the Language of Achievement", "reverie," "truth," "O," and "transformations"-in, of, and from it, but also " L," "H," and "K" linkages (to show how Bion rerouted Freud's instinctual drives to emotions), "container/contained", Bion's ideas on "dreaming," "becoming," "thoughts without a thinker," "the Grid," his erasure of the distinction between Freud's, "primary and secondary processes " and the "pleasure" and "reality principles," "reversible perspective," "shifting vertices," "binocular vision," "contact-barrier," the replacement of "consciousness" and "unconsciousness" with infinity and finiteness, Bion's use of models, his distinction between "mentalization" and "thinking," as well as many other items.
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List price: $61.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Karnac Books
Publication date: 10/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 395
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Acknowledgements and Sources of Information
About the Author
Prelude and prologue
An introduction
What kind of analyst was Bion?
What kind of person was Bion?
Bion's vision
Bion's legacy
Bion's metatheory
Bion on technique
Clinical vignette encompassing Bion's technical ideas
Bion, the mathematician, the mystic, the psychoanalyst
The "Language of Achievement"
Bion's discovery of O
The concept of the "transcendent position"
The quest for the truth, Part A: the "truth drive" as the hidden order of Bion's metatheory for psychoanalysis
The quest for the truth, Part B: curiosity about the truth as the "seventh servant"
Lies, "lies", and falsehoods
The container and the contained
"Projective transidentification": an extension of the concept of projective identification
Bion's work with groups
Bion's studies in psychosis
Transformations
Psychoanalytic functions and elements
Points, lines, and circles
The Grid
Fetal mental life and its caesura with postnatal mental life
What does it mean to dream? Bion's theory of dreaming
Dreaming, phantasying, and the "truth instinct"
"Become"
P-S [leftrightarrow] D
L, H, and K and passion
Faith
Bion's discovery of zero ("no-thing")
Epilogue
W. R. Bion Bibliography
References and Bibliography
Index
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