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By P.C. Sandler

This paintings depicts medical functions stemming from Dr Wilfred Ruprecht Bion's contributions to psychoanalysis. it can be used as a realistic spouse to "The Language of Bion: A Dictionary of options" additionally via percent. Sandler. either represent a normal association of Bion's techniques; "natural" being the assistance the chosen thoughts may supply to any analyst who is familiar with and makes use of the observations underlying the thoughts successfully in his or her daily scientific paintings. It additionally comprises expansions of Bion's suggestions bobbing up out of scientific observations, made attainable by way of these very contributions—a common sense invariant in technological know-how. Universes of hitherto unknown—but existing—facts are saw, and during remark and alertness increasing universes are unlocked to awareness (and consequently awareness). a few chapters might help the reader comprehend Bion's unique thoughts and practice them in scientific perform. different chapters are extra specific and transcend what was once adumbrated or indicated through Bion, within the mild of phenomena saw opposed to the historical past of Bion's contributions. those chapters additionally point out the intertwined nature of his contributions.

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21). One may observe that even in 1939 he still thought so. What may be said after that? Did it become dated? Is the “unaltered” observed by Freud something that happens with something that is dead, or to someone who refuses to change? Or, quite the obverse, is it something that has achieved the status of Platonic transcendence, free from the tribulations of the Demiurge’s eternal reformulations? In contrast, some works which are for the hour usually perform the function of “substitutes for the idle man’s cigar”, as Robert Browning regarded them.

Access to truth or pursuing truth-O is confused with ownership of absolute truth. Psychoanalytical practice, like medicine, would be fated to eternal confinement in a Procrustean straitjacket if analysts could not introject and integrate in their practice Shakespeare’s observation: “It is like a barber’s chair that fits all buttocks” (All’s Well that Ends Well, II, ii). The problem for the analyst is how to detect invariance—human and mental invariants—without falling into the authoritarian trap of rules of conduct or undue generalisations which simply reveal that it is impossible to tolerate the paradox of transformations and invariance.

But one cannot describe them as such—at least in the present state of knowledge. We may describe some relationships (in the same way that mathematics showed us, as forebear of all sciences and breeder of some arts such as music) in terms of factors and functions. Bion, like Freud, made an evolving theoretical and observational device. If psychoanalysis is a tool, Bion’s device tools the tool. With this I want to convey that he made a highly integrated construction. No wonder, if one remembers the goal (ultimately impossible), a verbal counterpart of the highly integrated functional working of what we call—even though we do not know what it is—”human life”, or “psychic and material reality”.

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