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A beam of intense darkness : Wilfred Bion's legacy to by James S. Grotstein

By James S. Grotstein

The scope of this paintings is to synopsize, synthesize, expand, and to problem Bion in a reader-friendly demeanour. providing an important legacy-ideas for psychoanalysis—the rules which are at the leading edge of the sector that must be recognized via the psychological well-being career at large—it highlights and defines the wider and deeper implications of his works.

A Beam of extreme Darkness provides Bion’s rules faithfully and in addition makes use of his principles as launching pads for the author’s conjectures approximately the place Bion's rules element. This contains such principles as “the Language of Achievement”, “reverie,” “truth,” “O,” and “transformations”–in, of, and from it, but additionally “ L,” “H,” and “K” linkages (to convey how Bion rerouted Freud’s instinctual drives to emotions), “container/contained", Bion’s principles on “dreaming,” “becoming,” “thoughts and not using a thinker,” “the Grid,” his erasure of the excellence among Freud’s, “primary and secondary approaches “ and the “pleasure” and “reality principles,” “reversible perspective,” “shifting vertices,” “binocular vision,” “contact-barrier,” the alternative of “consciousness” and “unconsciousness” with infinity and finiteness, Bion’s use of versions, his contrast among “mentalization” and “thinking,” in addition to many different goods.

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Above all, Ogden believes, and I concur, that Bion was in effect experimenting with a new form of writing, one that induces the emotional experience and also one that uses familiar words to convey altered meanings. While reading Hampshire’s (2005) new work, Spinoza and Spinozism, I learned how Spinoza, the heretic and mystical genius of his time, wrote in obscure and elusive Latin in order that his contemporaries would not be able to understand him and report him to the authorities. Bion, the heretical mystical genius of his own time, may have done something similar.

I no sooner felt a sense of relief than he said the following: 32 A BEAM OF INTENSE DARKNESS “I have just given you an interpretation about your anxiety, and you seem to feel that it was correct, but in fact we shall never know the source of it. It is not to be known. ” [A quintessentially Bionian interpretation] This episode occurred before I had any knowledge of his concept of O or uncertainty and of the “definitory hypothesis” and “Column 2”, the latter of which helps one to decide what the definitory hypothesis is not.

I believe that that is why, in part, once he had completed his clinical study of psychotic patients, he began a rigorous study of thinking and thinking disorders and applied mathematical analogues or models, in order to become as precise as he could be so as to achieve a veritable psychoanalytic Esperanto—a universal language. Mathematics is unsaturated and can consequently lend itself as a useful analogue to variants and invariants in thinking. Ironically, however, Bion has achieved world fame for his contributions to intuition—a part of the newer mystical science that deals with uncertainties and emergence phenomena.

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