Bion and Intuition in the Clinical Setting

Editor : Antonia Grimalt

Part of The Routledge Wilfred R. Bion Studies series - more in this series

Bion and Intuition in the Clinical Setting

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : June 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 150
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  • Catalogue No : 96610
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032269504
  • ISBN 10 : 1032269502

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Bion and Intuition in the Clinical Setting focuses on Bion’s investigation of the intuitive approach to clinical data and lays out how Bion’s method encouraged constant effort by the analysts to relinquish its reliance on sensory and conceptual-verbal faculties to make room for intuition.

Based on the work of the biannual Bion conference, this book includes contributions from the most eminent voices on Bion’s work. Spanning topics such as the primordial mind, intuitive comprehension and desire, the contributors in this volume illustrate how they incorporate the concept of intuition in their own clinical developments. Each chapter examines different elements of how Bion’s research approaches the difficulties faced by analysts in the approach and discrimination of primitive emotional levels in the patient-analyst communication.

This book will be of key interest to analysts and analytic therapists of all schools and is an essential resource for those that follow the work of Bion.

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'Of reading the papers in this book we could paraphrase Bion: ‘the object of such extra-sessional work is to provide practice, analogous to the musician’s scales and exercises, to sharpen and develop intuition’. A community of 400 analysts gathered in a warm Barcelona, from Europe and world wide. With them they brought considerable clinical experience, the testing and utilisation of which was sharpened by our "extra-sessional work" together at the conference, and now in the perhaps calmer waters of personal reading.' - Nicola Abel-Hirsch, author of Bion: 365 Quotes and a training analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society, UK.

'In the evolving tradition of memorializing the findings of the bi-annual International Bion Congress, we have a solid contribution from the Bion in Barcelona Congress of 2020. Just like its predecessor, Alisobhani and Corstorphine's Explorations in Bion's 'O,' which commemorated the work of the Bion in Los Angeles Congress of 2014, Antonia Grimalt's editing of Bion and Intuition in the Clinical Setting, delivers exactly what is promised in its title: the work of analysts who have deployed Bion's various epistemological ideas in the analytic situation. Many contributions center on extrapolating the meaning of Bion's often quoted idea: the abandonment of memory and desire in the consulting room. Clearing one's mind of obstructive impediments to direct contact paves the way for the operation of intuition in all the many faceted ways demonstrated by a talented group of analyst.' - Joseph Aguayo, member of The New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles; Guest Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and member of The Psychoanalytic Center of California, Los Angeles, USA..

'Trained intuition is one of the most important tools any analyst possesses. This collection of papers blends clinical intuition with the process of thinking and relating – something Bion felt each analyst could only do for themselves. These papers are stimulating and thought- provoking. Read together, they provide a rich collection of what our colleagues think and do enabling us to see ourselves and our patients more clearly in the session.' - Judy K Eekhoff, PhD; IPA, board-certified supervising and training analyst, USA; author of Trauma & Primitive Mental States and Bion & Primitive Mental States

About the Editor(s)

Antònia Grimalt, M.D., is a training and supervising analyst for the Spanish Society (SEP-IPA) and the Spanish Federation of Associations of Psychotherapists (FEAP), as well as a child and adolescent training analyst for the former Hans Groen Prakken Institute (EPI). She is former Chair of the Forum for Child Psychoanalysis (FEP) and is a member of the Ed. Monografies de Psicoanàlisi i Psicoteràpia. She has taught on the works of Klein and Bion at multiple universities, and has edited works on Bion, Pere Folch, Matte Blanco and Ricardo Lombardi in both Spanish and Catalan. In 2020, she chaired the International Bion Meeting in Barcelona.

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