Key Concepts: Bion in Context / Working in Groups and the Basic Assumptions / Studies on Psychosis / Psychotic and Non-Psychotic Parts of the Personality / Learning from Experience / Container-Contained / From Beta to Alpha / Reverie / Emotional links L, H and K / Theory of Thinking / The Grid / Beyond Bion
Wilfred Bion was one of the most creative and influential contributors to psychoanalytic theory since Sigmund Freud. He turned the focus of attention from the productions that mind creates to the workings of the mind itself. At the same time, his mind-bending theories are abstruse by design, causing the reader to continually question- well, pretty much everything. As such, Bion is best approached with the help of other minds. On this very brief tour, I’ll be your guide through some of Bion’s monumental ideas. Organized chronologically, we’ll visit concepts of working in groups, excursions into psychosis, the possibilities of learning from experience, and the necessary requirements for doing so- containing others and understanding emotionally affective links. If time allows, we may even tackle The Grid, a veritable Mont Blanc of psychoanalytic endeavor.
Dana Blue, LICSW FIPA is a board certified Training and Supervising psychoanalyst with Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She has a particular interest in how the mind is established, and has extensive experience with parents and infants. Major theoretical influences include Bion and Winnicott. Dana teaches infant observation and many other psychoanalytic courses as part of the NPSI faculty and currently serves as Director of Training.
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