On Mental Growth: Bion's Ideas that Transform Psychoanalytical Clinical Practice

Author(s) : Lia Pistiner de Cortinas

On Mental Growth: Bion's Ideas that Transform Psychoanalytical Clinical Practice

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : June 2017
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 222
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 37636
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782203803
  • ISBN 10 : 178220380X

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Psychoanalysis is indebted to Bion for some of its most original moments. He took it to its limits, establishing a dialogue with other disciplines and integrating the arts and sciences. This dialogue generated innovating questions that transformed the psychoanalitical technique. Bion conceived of the mind as a universe expanding, and psychoanalysis as a powerful, disruptive idea. His hypotheses significantly developed psychoanalytical clinical practice through its transformative model of mental growth. Bion extended our understanding of protomental and pre-natal phenomena, the mysterious transformations in hallucinosis, and the role of psychoanalytical intuition.

Psychoanalysis needs to include and incorporate emotional experiences that cannot immediately be apprehended by the senses, just as post-Newtonian physics has come to access infrasensorial phenomena. The Copernican revolution that Bion introduced is implied in his ideas of catastrophic change, transformation, and 'at-one-ment', which imply a new conception of analysis - not only as a process towards knowing oneself but also to be in 'at-one-ment' with what one is becoming. The chapters containing theoretical and abstract notions are followed by discussions of contemporary film, used as clinical illustration. The final chapter, concerning the primitve mind in Bion, has an original approach with its elaboration of the concept of 'tropisms'.

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‘Psychoanalysis owes Bion some of its most original contributions. He conceives the mind as an expanding universe evolving towards mental growth or deterioration. The originality of his ideas and the new models he proposes demand an open-minded approach “without memory, without desire, without understanding”. The inclusive amplitude of his ideas and intuition containing questions that went far beyond his time, without having a frame to contain them, made Bion a difficult author. Lia Pistiner de Cortiñas is internationally known as an author who conveys Bion’s ideas with a deep insight. She is revisiting Bion’s hypotheses and developing her original perspective on reverie, the function of “dreaming”, mental growth, and the transformations these ideas introduce in the psychoanalytic clinical practice.’
? Marta Lilliecreutz, psychoanalyst, psychologist, and member of the Colegio de Psicólogos de Buenos Aires

About the Author(s)

Lia Pistiner de Cortinas is a psychoanalyst, full member and training analyst of the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytical Association (APDEBA), and fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). She has a specialisation in child and adolescent psychoanalysis. She is also a psychologist (PhD) and a lawyer, having acquired degrees from Buenos Aires University.

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