Taming Wild Thoughts

Taming Wild Thoughts

Taming Wild Thoughts

Taming Wild Thoughts

Synopsis

Brings together previously unpublished works from two different periods of Bion's career which are linked by the concept of classifying and conceptualizing thought. The first paper 'The Grid' dates from 1963, the second part consists of transcripts of two tape-recordings made by Bion in 1977 reflecting his interest in 'stray' thoughts.

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Parthenope Bion Talamo

The two unpublished pieces by W. R. Bion contained in this booklet have several themes in common, although they were composed in different circumstances and at quite a length of time from each other. The first is a paper, The Grid', which was given to the British Psycho-Analytical Society on 2 October 1963, while the second is an untitled transcript by F. Bion of tape recordings made in 1977.

The principal theme is that of the classification (and hence the taming) of the psychoanalytic objects that belong to the domain of ideas, as Bion defines them at the end of the first chapter of Elements of Psycho-Analysis (1963), and the ways in which they can be used. The short paper would seem to have been written at much the same time as Elements of Psycho-Analysis and might constitute an early draft which later grew into the book. My reasons for thinking this are based on a fairly detailed comparison of the two texts. In the first place, the Grid itself has a slight change in it: in the paper printed here, Column 5 is indicated as Oedipus, whereas the Grid printed in Elements of Psycho-Analysis and onwards has this column labelled as Inquiry, as though the . . .

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