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Explorations in Bion's 'O': Everything We Know Nothing About | The Routledge Wilfred Bion Studies Book Series
Alisobhani, Afsaneh K. and Glenda Corstorphine (Eds)
Routledge / Karnac Books / Softcover / 2019-02-01 / 0367001349
Psychoanalysis
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Wilfred Bion described "O" as "the unknowable and the unreachable ultimate truth". In this fascinating collection, a range of authors offer their own theoretical, clinical and artistic approaches to exploring this enduring but mysterious idea.

Drawn from contributions from the 8th International Bion Conference in 2014, the book examines how "O" can be experienced in all aspects of internal and external reality and within all relationships, from an individual relating to the mother to their emotional relationship with their self. It features insights into "O" drawn from the area of faith as well as its manifestations in clinical practice, while also included is a chapter exploring the links between Bionís ideas and those of Winnicott, Lacan, Green and Freud.

Featuring contributions from some of the worldís leading Bion scholars, this will be essential reading for any psychoanalyst interested in exploring the concept of "O", as well as scholars in philosophy and theology.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

ABOUT THE EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS

INTRODUCTION

SECTION I

EVERYTHING WE KNOW NOTHING ABOUT

1 BION CROSSES THE RUBICON - The Fateful Course - and Curse - of "O" in Psychoanalysis and the Furies Left in its Wake

James Grostein

2 O - Bionís Catch-22

Annie Reiner

SECTION II

BIONíS JOURNEY TOWARD O

3 Wilfred Bionís Los Angeles Seminars (9167): A Gateway to Contemporary

Kleinian Technique

Joseph Aguayo

SECTION III

TRANSFORMATION AND O

4 Between Emotion and Evolution

Jeffrey Eaton

5 Authentic Pleasure

Cecil Josť Rezze and Jo„o Carlos Braga

6 Writing and Transmission in Bion: Group Model, Pictorial Model and

Transformation in "O" Model

Adriana Salvitti

7 Tropisms At-one-ment and Mental Growth

Lia Pistiner

SECTION IV

FAITH AND O

8 Reciprocal Kindling, Emergent Life: Bion's Faith in O, in Search of

Emotional Truth

Keri Cohen

9 Stormy Navigation With Our "Secret Companion" of Incredulity Towards

Faith In "O"

Monica Horovitz

SECTION V

CATASTROPHE, CATASTROPHIC CHANGE AND O

10 Beyond the Spectrum: Catastrophic Change, Fear of Breakdown and the Unrepressed Unconscious

Avner Bergstein

11 The Girl Who Gave Me a Kiss on the Finger: How the Concrete and the Abstract Mix in Psychotic Symbolization

Alessandro Bruni

12 Thinking, Knowing, not Knowing, No Mind

Mary Sonntag

13 Dreams, Transformations and Hope

Jani Santa MarŪa

SECTION VI

CEASURA AND O

14 Increased Hypnagogic States, Subthalamic Fears and Caesura

Arnaldo Chuster

15 Careful Emptiness and Improvisational Listening in Psychoanalytic Education: Elements of Bionís 1975 Recorded Caesura Lecture Not Contained in the Printed Vesion

Julie McCaig

16 Caesuras and Dis-caesuras: Causality, Morality and Envy

Renato Trachtenberg

17 Conjectures About Dreams, Memories and Caesuras

Carmen Mion

SECTION VII

CREATIVITY AND O

18 On the Verge of ĎMadnessí: Creativity and the Fear of Insanity

Claudio Castello Filho

19 Induction of Numbing Deadening Narcosis by Primitive Superego Sources: A Method of Attacking Links by Severe Compromise of Attention

Michael Paul

20 Being in The Thought-Flow: Authentic Movement and Bionís "O"

Debora Sherman

21 "The Analyst is Present": Viewing the Psychoanalytic Process as Performance Art

Alan Karbelnig

22 A Memoir of the Future: Reading, Proof and Enactment

Guelfo Margherita

SECTION VIII

FREUD, KLEIN, WINNICOTT, LACAN AND O

23 Not O and Not K. Then What is the Navel of the Truth?

Andrea Boccochiola

24 The Primitive Somatopsychic Roots of Gender Formation, Intimacy and the Development of Psyche with Implications for Psychoanalytic Technique

James Gooch

25 Lost to Repetition: Hysteria From Perspectives of Bion, Lacan and Green

Avedis Panajian

26 Truth, Beauty, Reality

Paulo Sandler

27 Regression in the Work of Bion and Winnicott,

Rudi Vermotť

28 Was Freud a Bionian?

BjŲrn Salomonsson

SECTION IX

O IN THE CONSULTING ROOM

29 From Knowing to Becoming and from an Informed Mind to a Nourished Mind

Darcy Portolese

30 Catastrophe and Faith in Anorexia Nervosa

Tom Wooldridge

31 From a Talking Hole to a Container for Growth

Majlis Salomonsson

32 Penelopeís Suitors: From Reality to Play

Esther Hadassa Sandler

33 Understanding the Reversal of the Alpha Function Through a Case

Annie StŁmer

SECTION X - EPILOGUE

Avner Bergstein

Gisele de Mattos Brito

Alessandro Bruni

Nanci Carter

Monica Horovitz

INDEX

About the Editors

Afsaneh K. Alisobhani (Psy.D.) is a training and supervising psychoanalyst, a faculty member and the past Vice President of Newport Psychoanalytic Institute, and a member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis. She is a member of the faculty at the University of California, Irvine, School of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and a member of the University of California/NCP Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium since 2002. She was the co-chair of the International Bion Conference in Los Angeles in 2014. She is the founding member, faculty and supervisor at Tehran Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (TCPS) in Tehran, Iran. She is a lecturer and supervisor in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program at Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) and Ruzbeh Hospital in Tehran, Iran. She is also a supervisor and lecturer at China American Psychoanalytic Alliance.

Glenda J. Corstorphine (Psy.D.) is a training and supervising analyst and faculty member and the past Vice President of Newport Psychoanalytic Institute. Prior to receiving her doctorate from NPI she received a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Masters in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a former board member at NPI and former Director of NPIís Pasadena campus. She was the co-chair of the International Bion Conference in Los Angeles, 2014. She has been in private practice in Pasadena, CA, for over 25 years.

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