The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion

Paperback | April 4, 1996

byJoan Symington, Neville SymingtonEditorJoan Symington

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Winner of the 2013 Sigourney Award!

Psychoanalysis seen through Bion's eyes is a radical departure from all conceptualizations which preceded him. In this major contribution to the seriesMakers of Modern Psychotherapy, Joan and Neville Symington concentrate on understanding Bion's concepts in relation to clinical practice, but their book is also accessible to the educated reader who wishes to understand the main contours of Bion's thinking. Rather than following the chronological development of Bion's ideas, each chapter looks in depth at an important theme in his thinking and describes how this contributes to his revolutionary model of the mind.

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Winner of the 2013 Sigourney Award!Psychoanalysis seen through Bion's eyes is a radical departure from all conceptualizations which preceded him. In this major contribution to the seriesMakers of Modern Psychotherapy, Joan and Neville Symington concentrate on understanding Bion's concepts in relation to clinical practice, but their boo...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.6 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:April 4, 1996Publisher:Routledge

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ISBN - 10:0415093538

ISBN - 13:9780415093538

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Table of Contents

1. Disjunction Between Bion's Analysis and Freudian Theory 2. Bion the Man 3. The Emotional Catalyst 4. The Grid 5. The Myth and the Grid 5. Container/Contained 6. Alpha Function 7. A Diagnosis of Thought 8. Psychic Reality 9. The Growth of Thought 10. Transformations 11. The Study of Groups 12. The Phenomenology of Psychosis 13. Without Memory or Desire 14. Ultimate Reality 15. The Mystic and the Establishment

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"The subtlety and compactness of Bion's ideas are among his great strengths, but they have also been sources of great frustration to generations of students. The Symington's account makes them addessible even to those with limited psychoanalytic experience."
-"The International Journal of Psycho-analysis