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By James S. Grotstein

The scope of this paintings is to synopsize, synthesize, expand, and to problem Bion in a reader-friendly demeanour. featuring crucial legacy-ideas for psychoanalysis—the rules which are at the innovative of the sphere that have to be identified by means of the psychological healthiness career at large—it highlights and defines the wider and deeper implications of his works.

A Beam of severe Darkness offers Bion’s rules faithfully and in addition makes use of his rules as launching pads for the author’s conjectures approximately the place Bion's principles element. 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 principles on “dreaming,” “becoming,” “thoughts with no thinker,” “the Grid,” his erasure of the excellence among Freud’s, “primary and secondary techniques “ 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 types, his contrast among “mentalization” and “thinking,” in addition to many different goods.

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On the one hand, we were encouraged by the requests of many colleagues and students who found great difficulty in comprehending the concepts he developed in his books; but at the same time we were held back by the responsibility of having to convey, in a simplified form, certain very complex hypotheses whose deep AN INTRODUCTION 13 meaning has demanded from us long hours of work. [Grinberg, Sor, & de Bianchedi, 1977, p. xv] Paulo Sandler (2005), in presenting a rationale for undertaking his formidable Dictionary on Bion, says: This is an attempt to address a fact derived from this author’s experience with colleagues around the world for 24 years, namely, that many feel Bion’s written work to be “obscure and difficult” .

I was in analysis with him at the time and could not, transference aside, detect that anything was amiss. “Prometheus unbound” His fourth metapsychological work, Attention and Interpretation (1970), which continued Bion’s inquiry into such concepts as O, the mystic, and the godhead (godhood) and which had been adumbrated in his 22 A BEAM OF INTENSE DARKNESS previous work, Transformations, had been written and published while he was in Los Angeles. He had also begun writing his actual autobiography, The Long Week-End: 1897–1917 (1982), its sequel, All My Sins Remembered and The Other Side of Genius (1985), as well as his threevolume fictional autobiography, A Memoir of the Future (1975, 1977b, 1979, 1981).

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).

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