Introducing the Clinical Work of Wilfred Bion

Author(s) : Joseph Aguayo

Introducing the Clinical Work of Wilfred Bion

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2023
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 190
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 97188
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032428857
  • ISBN 10 : 1032428856

Reviews and Endorsements

'Joseph Aguayo has emerged in recent years as one of the most profound scholars of W. R. Bion's psychoanalysis. Among other achievements, he is credited with curating the valuable Los Angeles Seminars and Supervision. I have always greatly appreciated his extraordinary ability to address difficult issues with great lucidity and a clear and communicative writing style. Now Joseph Aguayo gives us the gift of an entire volume of his writings in which these qualities shine to the fullest. For this very reason, Introducing the Clinical Work of Wilfred Bion stands as an ideal and enjoyable introduction to a thought that often discourages readers because of its inherent difficulties. Not so this book, which instead stands as a fascinating exploration into the geography of Bion's thought, from Kleinian studies to the great books of his mature period, but without neglecting essential references to biography and clinical seminars. I can only recommend Introducing the Clinical Work of Wilfred Bion to all psychoanalysts and psychotherapists. It is easy to predict that this brilliant text will be very well received within the psychoanalytic community. It will become an essential reference not only for Bion specialists or those who are most interested in the clinical use of his concepts, but for all analysts. It is no longer a mystery to anyone that Bion is one of the authors who brought to psychoanalysis a completely unprecedented sensibility, a new and more "humane" way of dealing with psychic suffering.'
Giuseppe Civitarese, author of Sublime Subjects: Aesthetic Experience and Intersubjectivity in Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2017)

'Here is a beautifully clear and incisive introduction to an aspect of Bion’s work which has tended to lie hidden behind grand theories. This is Bion at work in various clinical settings—psychotherapy, group work, psychoanalysis of psychotic states, and then of the depth of personalities. It is not only a sensitive account of his clinical approach but it is set clearly, though painfully, against the background of the traumas of Bion’s life experiences. And thus, the book comes alive as an enquiry of Bion’s inspiring professional career.'
Bob Hinshelwood

'Joseph Aguayo, a psychoanalyst and historian, has garnered his extensive knowledge of Wilfred Bion’s life and the milieu in which he grew from childhood into the most influential psychoanalyst of our day. Aguayo acquaints us with Bion as an 8 year old in Colonial India; the ‘undeserving’ World War I hero; 'the reluctant Kleinian'; and the internationally venerated psychoanalyst. Aguayo notes that most writing about Bion has addressed his theoretical concepts, leaving a gap in Bionian studies about the important and unappreciated clinical applications of his work. Aguayo’s writing is exceptionally clear and conveys the intertwining of Bion’s life with his analytic theories and his unique 'method of clinical inquiry'. This is a book that beginning and seasoned psychoanalysts can appreciate because of the clarity of Aguayo’s discussions of many complex concepts.'
Lawrence J. Brown, Faculty and Supervising Child Analyst, Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, USA and author of Transformational Processes in Clinical Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2019)

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