Bion: An Introduction

Author(s) : Nicola Abel-Hirsch

Bion: An Introduction

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 2023
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 152
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 96866
  • ISBN 13 : 9781912691838
  • ISBN 10 : 9781912691

Table of Contents

About the author
Five opening thoughts

1. Bion’s war
The Battle of Cambrai
War languages
Turning the guns round

2. Oxford, medicine, Samuel Beckett
The 1920s and 1930s
Some detail
Bion and Samuel Beckett

3. What groups do
The 1940s
Starting to ask questions again
World War Two work: including Northfield
The Tavistock groups: including Bion the observer, basic assumptions
An eyewitness account of Bion’s group-work
(From an occasion when Bion took a group in 1964 for about four months)

4. A time of membership
Late 1940s/1950s
Analysis with Klein and Klein’s group of 4
The Imaginary Twin
‘Verbal thinking’ in the 50s papers
Bion and Winnicott

5. A breakthrough
And then Bion made a breakthrough
On Arrogance (1958)
Attacks on Linking (1959)
Braithwaite and Frege
The beginning of Bion’s ‘cogitations’

6. Going back to beginnings
Bishop Stortford School

7. Thinking
The Theory of Thinking
Hume and Kant

8. Opening up his own thinking: Learning from Experience (1962)
The “name givers”
Beta elements
Bion’s own clinical work in this period
Galileo and Poincaré

9. A new instrument: Elements of Psychoanalysis (1963)
The Grid
Reversible Perspective
An eyewitness account of Bion’s clinical work in the 1960s

10. Going as far as possible: Transformations: Change from Learning to Growth (1965)
Transformations and Invariants
Bion’s own clinical work in this period
The emergence of ’O’: the last chapter of Transformations
Plato and Milton

11. Talking about his findings
Memory and Desire 1965
Catastrophic Change 1966
The Commentary to Second Thoughts: Selected Papers on Psycho-Analysis 1967

12. Los Angeles 1967
Dispute with Greenson

13. Elaborations: Attention and Interpretation: A Scientific Approach to Insight in Psycho-Analysis and Groups (1970)
Intuition and ‘F’[Faith]
Bion’s own clinical work in this period
An eyewitness account of Bion’s clinical work in the 1970s

14. International lectures, seminars and supervisions
The Brazilian Lectures
The Brazilian Clinical Seminars
The Tavistock Seminars
The Italian Seminars

15. Autobiography and A Memoir of the Future
Bion’s autobiography
A Memoir of the Future

Five closing thoughts
Brief glossary

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