Bion in Brazil: Supervisions and Commentaries

Author(s) : Wilfred R. Bion, Editor : Jose Americo Junqueira de Mattos, Editor : Gisele de Mattos Brito, Editor : Howard B. Levine

Bion in Brazil: Supervisions and Commentaries

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2017
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 320
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 37173
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782203209
  • ISBN 10 : 1782203206

Reviews and Endorsements

‘This wonderfully creative book is an opportunity to witness Bion in action as he gives life to new concepts and thoughts using his pioneering instruments such as reverie, negative capability, and the pre-selected fact, which have since become firmly ensconced in today’s psychoanalytic practice. The book contains an inspiring collection of Bion’s supervisions held in Brazil, each of which is followed by an in-depth commentary by one of the book’s eminent contributors. I found it outstanding for many reasons. Bion left us his theoretical writings which are undoubtedly highly complex and challenging on many levels. In my view, however, it is through his supervisions and seminars that we gain direct access to his thinking, and experience his full vitality and talent as a clinician. Appraising the rich contributions made by patients, analysts, supervisor, and commentators, made me feel as though I were witnessing a boundless and unique work in progress that gestures towards the future. Bion in Brazil will be a source of huge fascination and benefit to all psychoanalysts.
- Antonino Ferro, president of the Italian Psychoanalytical Association

‘The detailed accounts of seminar discussion and the rich, complex and appreciative writing in the commentaries on these seminars make this book a valuable addition to the existing published seminar material. Bion’s clinical thinking, as João Carlos Braga states in the book, opens “beyond the dimensions of knowing/not knowing, for what is not yet born to the “mind.” It is this aspect — Bion’s receptivity to bringing out in any situation what is mentally nascent and capable of growth — that emerges most strongly in this book.’
- Chris Mawson, training and supervising analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and editor of The Complete Works of W. R. Bion

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