Tagged: Wilfred Bion

Wilfred Bion: A Seminar in Paris. 1978

We have become used to the idea that psychoanalysis is an attempt to make a scientific approach to the human personality. It is a view which attaches great importance to facts, to the truth, to the real thing. If that is so, there are plenty of people who are scientists without that official categorization. A painter, for example, may believe that a painting should be true to truth, should show you some aspect of reality which you might otherwise not notice.

Wilfred Bion: Biography.

The biography of Wilfred Bion, taken from the jacket of “Cogitations“. “Born in India in 1897, W. R. Bion first came to England at the age of eight to receive his schooling. During the First World War he served in France as a tank commander and was awarded the DSO and the Legion of Honour. After reading history at Queen’s College, Oxford, he studied medicine at University College, London, before a growing interest in psychoanalysis led him to undergo training analyses with John Rickman and, later, Melanie Klein. During the 1940s his attention was directed to the study of group...

Wilfred Bion: Miscellaneous Quotes

“…To prevent someone who KNOWS from filling the empty space.” ‘Comparing my own personal experience with the history of psychoanalysis, and even the history of human thought, it does seem to be rather ridiculous that one finds oneself in a position of being supposed to be in that line of succession, instead of just one of the units in it. It is still more ridiculous that one is expected to participate in a sort of competition for precedence as to who is top. Top of what? Where does it come in this history? Where does psychoanalysis itself come? What is...

Wilfred Bion: Notes on memory and desire. 1967

Bion’s “Notes on memory and desire” is a short text that challenges many assumptions about how to do psychoanalysis. It systematically applies the idea that we are always in the unconscious to the practice of psychoanalysis.