A Beam of Intense Darkness: Wilfred Bion's Legacy to Psychoanalysis

A Beam of Intense Darkness: Wilfred Bion's Legacy to Psychoanalysis

by James S. Grotstein
     
 

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The scope of this work is to synopsize, synthesize, extend, and to challenge Bion in a reader-friendly manner. Presenting the most important legacy-ideas for psychoanalysis—the ideas that are on the cutting edge of the field that need to be known by the mental health profession at large—it highlights and defines the broader and deeper implications of his

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The scope of this work is to synopsize, synthesize, extend, and to challenge Bion in a reader-friendly manner. Presenting the most important legacy-ideas for psychoanalysis—the ideas that are on the cutting edge of the field that need to be known by the mental health profession at large—it highlights and defines the broader and deeper implications of his works.

A Beam of Intense Darkness presents Bion’s ideas faithfully and also uses his ideas as launching pads for the author’s conjectures about where Bion's ideas point. This includes such ideas as “the Language of Achievement”, “reverie,” “truth,” “O,” and “transformations”–in, of, and from it, but also “ L,” “H,” and “K” linkages (to show how Bion rerouted Freud’s instinctual drives to emotions), “container/contained", Bion’s ideas on “dreaming,” “becoming,” “thoughts without a thinker,” “the Grid,” his erasure of the distinction between Freud’s, “primary and secondary processes “ and the “pleasure” and “reality principles,” “reversible perspective,” “shifting vertices,” “binocular vision,” “contact-barrier,” the replacement of “consciousness” and “unconsciousness” with infinity and finiteness, Bion’s use of models, his distinction between “mentalization” and “thinking,” as well as many other items.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781855754485
Publisher:
Karnac Books
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Pages:
395
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

James S. Grotstein was Professor of Psychiatry, U.C.L.A School of Medicine, and a training and supervising analyst at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute and at The Psychoanalytic Center of California. He was a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and was past North American Vice-President of the International Psychoanalytical Association. He published over 250 papers and was the author or editor/co-editor of numerous books.

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