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The first lecture sets out Bionâs ideas on âmemory and desireâ in a paper that set the benchmark in the origins of contemporary Kleinian clinical technique. Bion discusses the various factors that facilitate optimal listening receptivity in the analyst, for example how one differentiates the âKâ link vis-Ã -vis âtransformations in O.â In the second lecture, Bion defined projective identification, container/contained and âbeta elementsââand how these ideas serve as an orienting template for the analystâs understanding of "proto-mental" states of mind, either in psychotic, borderline or neurotic patients. He clarifies these ideas while engaging with the queries of renowned American analysts, such as Ralph Greenson. In the third lecture, Bion gives extensive case illustrations of primarily borderline and psychotic patients primarily in terms of work that ushered in a new era of understanding of both borderline and narcissistic pathological organizations. In the final lecture, Bion takes up hallucinatory forms of experience and intersperses his more recent thoughts about the mystic and the Establishment, understanding something of the problematic tensions introduced by the London Kleinians who had in recent years questioned Freudâs assumptions about the non-analyzability of the so-called "narcissistic neuroses."
About: Wilfred Bionâs unpublished lectures at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in April 1967 represent a unique opportunity for students either new to or continuing in the study of Bionâs unique psychoanalytic vertex.
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