Building on Bion-- Roots: Origins and Context of Bion's Contributions to Theory and Practice

Building on Bion-- Roots: Origins and Context of Bion's Contributions to Theory and Practice

Building on Bion-- Roots: Origins and Context of Bion's Contributions to Theory and Practice

Building on Bion-- Roots: Origins and Context of Bion's Contributions to Theory and Practice

Synopsis

This stimulating collection of papers explores the formative influences affecting Bion's emotional and intellectual development. The contributors, coming from the fields of psychoanalysis, group analysis, management consultancy and social science, revisit the origins of Bion's ideas, setting them in the context of his World War I experiences, his contact with Trotter, and his later work with the Tavistock Clinic and psychoanalysis.

Excerpt

In composing these two volumes, Building on Bion: Rootsand Building on Bion: Branches, we wanted to bring you, the reader, closer to the extraordinary depth and breadth of Wilfred Bion's thought and influence. Our interest in advancing the exploration of the full range of human concerns that preoccupied him was particularly stimulated in Turin, Italy, during the International Centennial Conference on the Work and Life of Wilfred Bion, July 1997. We were impressed there with the relevance and quality of new work being done that extended and enlivened themes Bion had spent a lifetime developing. It was clear that his life and work was having far-reaching influence. Since so many contemporary analysts, theorists, and teachers in different disciplines are working with his insights, we wanted to further the examination of the roots of his genius as well as the many branches of his legacy.

Our plan was to bring together some of the best visions and re-visions building on Bion's writings. With the benefit of the Internet as well as our ability to participate in a number of international gatherings of psychoanalysts, group analysts, psychologists and organizational consultants, we are able now to presentnewwork by authors from Italy,France, Argentina, Brazil, the United States, as well as Great Britain. Collecting these papers seemed to take on a life of its own, perhaps in Bion's spirit, and these volumes found their own shapes. Quite literally, Bion's work was international, and consistent with this we wanted to advance diverse dialogues international in scope. In both volumes, readers will meet clinicians and theorists, individual and group analysts, psychiatrists, psychologists and other social scientists from different countries –men and women with different intellectual and professional backgrounds sharing their encounters with Bion and his work, offering us insights into Bion's vision as well as their own discoveries and re-visions. We believe you will find in these volumes Bion's own passion for . . .

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