By James S. Grotstein
The scope of this paintings is to synopsize, synthesize, expand, and to problem Bion in a reader-friendly demeanour. proposing an important legacy-ideas for psychoanalysis—the principles which are at the leading edge of the sector that must be identified by means of 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 principles faithfully and likewise makes use of his rules as launching pads for the author’s conjectures approximately the place Bion's principles aspect. This comprises such rules as “the Language of Achievement”, “reverie,” “truth,” “O,” and “transformations”–in, of, and from it, but in addition “ L,” “H,” and “K” linkages (to exhibit how Bion rerouted Freud’s instinctual drives to emotions), “container/contained", Bion’s rules on “dreaming,” “becoming,” “thoughts with no thinker,” “the Grid,” his erasure of the excellence among Freud’s, “primary and secondary methods “ 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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Extra resources for A beam of intense darkness : Wilfred Bion's legacy to psychoanalysis
In short, he was humble. Yet this humble man has been able to dare to “disturb the universe” of psychoanalytic positivism and certainty with ideas that issue from the vast sweep of his polymath, autodidact erudition and remarkable imaginative conjectures. These ideas now stand the test of time as worthy rational conjectures and arguably constitute perhaps the greatest paradigm shift in psychoanalysis to date. I pay him the highest compliment when I suggest that he was a “Yeshivabucher activist”, a “messiah–genius”, a veritable Prometheus, the “doyen of uncertainty”, and the “navigator extraordinaire of the deep and formless inﬁnite”.
He interpreted frequently and often at length. Yet he was always “Kleinian”—but in his own way. I never read any of Bion’s works while I was in analysis with him and was therefore surprised later when I read his concept of “abandoning memory and desire”. He spoke and interpreted in an active and highly engaged manner; consequently, I don’t know when he found the time to “abandon memory and desire”. I recall, however, that like a scout, he doggedly tracked the sequence of my free associations. I shall soon share with you some of what he said to me, including his ﬁrst interpretation to me on my ﬁrst day of analysis with him.
5 Others spread the rumour that he had become psychotic during his stay there, and they forged a constant conjunction between “California and Bion’s psychosis”—a calumny that spread to include those who had been analysed by him in Los Angeles (personal communication, anonymous London post-Kleinian analyst, 2004). He was certainly not psychotic when my colleagues and I knew him here in Los Angeles and had entered analysis with him, but he did suffer two episodes of vaso-vagal syncope while he was here, according to Francesca Bion (personal communication, 2007).