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By Howard B. Levine, Lawrence J. Brown

Wilfred Bion is still the main pointed out writer in psychoanalytic literature after Sigmund Freud. His formula of alpha functionality, waking dream options, his idea of pondering and of the container/contained have confirmed seminal for the elaboration of psychoanalytic concept and perform, in addition to the exploration of psychic functioning and the primordial mind.

Growth and Turbulence within the Container/Contained is predicated on papers provided on the 2009 foreign Bion convention held in Boston, Massachusetts. It represents the cutting-edge contemplating a great overseas workforce of Bion students and specialists. This ebook contains the most up-tp-date tendencies in Bion scholarship, masking themes that diversity from the historical/biographical, to the medical, the theoretical, the developmental, to the cultural and aesthetic.

Proving a necessary stimulus to additional artistic explorations within the field, development and Turbulence within the Container/Contained can be of specific curiosity to psychoanalytic practitioners, graduate psychoanalysts, analytic applicants, psychoanalytic therapists, complex remedy trainees,and students of all colleges.

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3 At one end is “Amiens,” which was his ÀUVW DWWHPSW WR UHYLVLW WKH VXEMHFW LQ ZULWLQJ IROORZLQJ D YLVLW WR )UDQFH in 1958 with his wife—an attempt later relinquished in favor of “other, more pressing commitments” (1997, p. 214): the writing of the aforementioned four books during the 1960s. At the other end are “Commentary,” the autobiographical writings, and A Memoir of the Future—all written during the 1970s. Before discussing this evolution in the light of Bion’s “ceaseless struggle” (Felman and Laub, 1992, p.

In this paper, I explore the other end of this thread, reading Bion’s ZULWLQJV DERXW KLV ZDU H[SHULHQFHV ZKLOH KLJKOLJKWLQJ KLQWHG UHÁHFWLRQV and subtle echoes in order to demonstrate that his metapsychology in general, and the concept of containment (Bion, 1970) in particular, are the fruits of these traumatic roots. I will use a close reading of the many layers in Bion’s writings regarding his war experiences to trace his metapsychological questions. I will suggest that particularly those questions regarding the ability of the mind to survive trauma led him to elaborate on the complex process of containing emotional experience.

Heiman’s work, in its sensitive following of her own subjective associations, throws light on a certain tension in Bion’s conceptualization, motivated by his similar sensitivity to the restrictive effect of a penumbra of associations, which might compromise an open-minded exploration of clinical material. Along the lines of this consideration, a subtle tension can be detected in Bion’s work between the creation of evocative terms such as attacks on linking and containment, both saturated with a threatening sense of danger, and the offer of “empty” concepts yet to be saturated by psychoanalytic inquiry (Bion, 1962, p.

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