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An Introduction to W.R. Bion’s ’A Memoir of the Future’: by Paulo Cesar Sandler

By Paulo Cesar Sandler

Within the final years of his existence Bion amassed strange manuscripts handwritten in his tidy lettering that assumed the shape of a trilogy. Finely typed and edited via his devoted spouse, they have been named "A Memoir of the Future". some of the issues of this publication have been already obvious in Transformations and Attention and Interpretation. those prior books supply some of the theories whose functional counterpart ultimately stumbled on a sort within the trilogy: as Bion himself famous, "the standards for a psychoanalytic paper are that it's going to stimulate within the reader the emotional adventure that the author intends, that its energy to stimulate may be sturdy, and that the emotional adventure hence motivated might be a correct illustration of the psychoanalytic event that encouraged the author in first place." used to be Bion real to his be aware? it truly is probably left to the reader to reply to this query. those books are an try to point out the view that Bion’s try out was once to give the burning flame itself – instead of providing static photos of the fireplace.

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A great many members of this group display the true face of enthusiastic admiration, passing almost instantaneously to undisguised hate and attack: from idolatry to iconoclasm. Their claims are old wine in new bottles: “Now a better leader, who really knows it all, will replace the earlier one”. The cycle is renewed: promises of a better life → unfulfilled aspirations → rejection and attack → attraction of new promises (actually just the old pledges in new guises) → (ad infinitum). Real psychoanalysis is duly abhorred—both by the people who make the pledges and by those who find themselves revolting against the unfulfilled pledges.

If the contributions of Arendt are considered under the illumination provided by Bion’s integrative extensions of Freud’s and Klein’s work, especially in “Differentiation of the Psychotic from the Non-Psychotic Personalities” (1957a) and “A Theory of Thinking” (1961—coincidentally the same year that Arendt’s reports of the Eichmann trial appeared in the press), as well as what is included in the Trilogy, one may observe that what was hyperbolically expressed in the Hitler phenomenon and in Nazism are built-in features present either explicitly or implicitly in any human being considered—albeit in diminished quantities.

A. For being able to laugh at dirty jokes in school—like “It is I. ”4 ALICE Oh my God! ROSEMARY Isn’t it awful? Now it has become respectable and is called Psychoanalysis. It hardly makes one anxious to follow Roland’s suggestion and become unified. A. All right if we could link Somite Three with all the other Somite Threes. Of course, the auditory and optic pits would have to put up with being linked. DOCTOR The post-natals may want to keep their distance from the pre-natals—and vice versa. We must assume that the pre-natal crowd can adjust to a change from a liquid environment to a gaseous one, the olfactory elements easing the change by bringing mucus with them so they go on functioning even after birth.

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