The Clinical Thinking of W. R. Bion in Brazil: Supervisions and Commentaries

Editor : Howard B. Levine, Editor : Gisele de Mattos Brito, Editor : Jose Americo Junqueira de Mattos

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The Clinical Thinking of W. R. Bion in Brazil: Supervisions and Commentaries

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : December 2023
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 206
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  • Catalogue No : 97351
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032553467
  • ISBN 10 : 1032553464

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The Clinical Thinking of W. R. Bion in Brazil is comprised of thirteen transcriptions of supervisions Wilfred Bion conducted during his three teaching and speaking tours of Brazil.

During these tours, Bion conducted over 130 public supervisions of analytic cases in English in which he explained his theories and illustrated their clinical application. Following on from the first volume, Bion in Brazil: Supervisions and Commentaries (2017), this book presents each supervision in full, with an accompanying commentary written by a senior Brazilian psychoanalyst and Bionian scholar. Arguably, no psychoanalyst has had as much impact on psychoanalytic development in Brazil than Bion, and this collection of his seminars, presented here for the first time, acts as a historical document and testament to his legacy in contemporary analysis.

The Clinical Thinking of W. R. Bion in Brazil provides a unique opportunity for contemporary psychoanalysts, candidates, and students to hear the distinctive ‘voice’ of Bion, observe how he listens in conversation and learn how he would intervene in and interpret a clinical situation.

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This is an extraordinary book. These encounters with Bion and his interlocutors, followed by a rich panoply of commentaries, are thrilling, moving, sometimes funny, occasionally dangerous and deeply wise.
Anne Alvarez, author of The Thinking Heart

Levine, de Mattos Brito and Junqueiro de Mattos have given us an invaluable gift - an additional collection of seminars, accompanied by perceptive commentaries, which take us into the heart of Bion's clinical thinking, providing us with another vertex from which to observe the complexity of his thinking. Bion does not agree to take on the role of the one who knows, but rather takes us on an excursion through his mind, in the attempt to listen and find words for the ineffable emotional experience. Bion allows himself to be stimulated by the material presented to him, guided by his faith in the psychoanalytic method. If we agree to surrender to this way of listening, we too can be suddenly struck and moved by a new thought that dawns on us. Bion illustrates his way of working, always deeply aware of the immense difficulty in being an analyst, in finding "a language which conveys what you want it to convey, and at the same time, which the patient could understand", struggling against the perpetual "pressure to become insensitive, to grow a crust".
Avner Bergstein, Israel Psychoanalytic Society; author of Bion and Meltzer's Expeditions into Unmapped Mental Life

It is impossible not to be enthusiastic about this book. These fully recorded events offer readers the opportunity to follow Bion, as he expresses his ideas across 13 supervisions during his four visits to Brazil. Bion’s comments reflect his evolving interest in working with the undifferentiated layers of the mind and the application of his intuitive approach. Additional layers of thought are added by the accompanying commentaries of senior Brazilian psychoanalysts, along with a precious Introduction by Nicola Abel-Hirsch.
João Carlos Braga, Full Member, Supervisor, and Training Analyst at São Paulo’s Brazilian Psychoanalytic Society and Psychoanalytic Group of Curitiba

Table of Contents

Howard B. Levine

Introduction: A Route into the Supervisions
Nicola Abel-Hirsch

1. Supervision A13 and Commentary
Marli Claudete Braga

2. Supervision A12 and Commentary
Gisele de Mattos Brito

3. Supervision D2 and Commentary
Celso Antonio Vieira de Camargo

4. Supervision D10 and Commentary
Evelise de Souza Marra

5. Supervision D4 and Commentary
Ruggero Levy

6. Supervision D6 and Commentary
José Renato Avzaradel

7. Supervision D1 and Commentary
Claudio Castelo Filho

8. Supervision D9 and Commentary
Altamirando M. Andrade, Jr.

9. Supervision A19 and Commentary
Cecile José Rezze

10. Supervision A15 and Commentary
Deocleciano Bendocchi Alves

11. Supervision A35 and Commentary
Juarez Guedes Cruz

12. Supervision S24 and Commentary
Marta Foster

13. Supervision D7 and Commentary
Aldo Luiz Duarte

About the Editor(s)

Howard B. Levine is a member of the faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England East, a member of the faculty and supervising analyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, and is in private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is a founding member of the Group for the Study of Psychoanalytic Process and the Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies, Inc.

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Gisèle de Mattos Brito is a full member of the Brazilian Psychoanalytic Society of São Paulo, and also a full member and Training Analyst with the Psychoanalytic Study Group of Minas Gerais.

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José Américo Junqueira de Mattos graduated from the Institute of Psychoanalysis of the Brazilian Society of Psychoanalysis of São Paulo. He was one of the five founding member of the Psychoanalysis Group that later became the Brazilian Society of Psychoanalysis of Ribeirão Preto, and has been a Training Analyst in both Societies. He has published several papers published both in Brazil and abroad. Since the beginning of his career he has been interested in the ideas of Bion, who was his analyst.

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