The Courage of Simplicity: Essential Ideas in the Work of W.R. Bion

Author(s) : Hanni Biran

The Courage of Simplicity: Essential Ideas in the Work of W.R. Bion

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 2015
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 288
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Category 2 :
    Group Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 35296
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782201427
  • ISBN 10 : 1782201424

Reviews and Endorsements

‘What a lovely, probing book Hanni Biran has written, at once gentle, strong, warm and clear, touching individual, group and cultural processes important for the quality of life today. It contributes to our thinking and feeling about who we are and what we do and can do with ourselves.’
— Michael Eigen, PhD, author of Contact with the Depths, The Sensitive Self and Faith

‘This is a rather special book. In an admirably evocative way, it balances the key Bionian ideas on one hand, with a wide range of Biran’s own personal experiences – experiences in her own biography, and in her range of academic and professional reading. So, this book mixes an exposition of Bion from the primary sources, with an interwoven pattern of the author’s own thinking, interpretation and almost love for her chosen subject. It is a straightforward confrontation between the essential ideas, as Biran calls them, against a backdrop of social instability which betrays in all details the disturbances that the professional sections calmly dissect, in terms of social forces, unknown to the individuals, and the unconscious of those individuals, also unknown to them. I can’t think of a better place to situate oneself to read and understand Wilfred Bion.’
— Professor R.D. Hinshelwood, University of Essex, author of Bion's Sources: The Shaping of his Paradigms

‘The scope of this book speaks to the strength of Hanni Biran’s scholarship and the generosity of her spirit, showing clearly the depth of her command of the ideas and work of Bion and the power of both in the contextual and clinical applications of her own professional practice. She credits equally her learning from the patients with whom she has worked and accords them a public parity of respect. With beautiful prose, Biran goes further, offering the reader the line of her own life where these ideas, her practice, her dearly held values and political courage weave together to make her the exceptional colleague we know. This is an exciting and excellent contribution to us all.’
— Dame Ruth Silver, Chair of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, and founding President of the Further Education Trust for Leadership

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