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Bion and Thoughts Too Deep for Words: Psychoanalysis, Suggestion, and the Language of the Unconscious | The Routledge Wilfred R. Bion Studies Book Series
Caper, Robert
Routledge / Softcover / 2020-04-01 / 0367418452
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This book addresses a range of fundamental questions around the nature of Psychoanalysis. It distinguishes how Psychoanalysis differs from other forms of therapy, explores the ways in which insights into the unconscious can be used to support and help people, and asks questions around any claim for scientific validity.

Informed by Bion's ideas on containment, group functioning and the fundamental need for truth, this book cites research in infant communication to assert that unconscious communication is present from birth. It goes on to explores the dynamics of communication between psychoanalyst and patient, using these findings to distinguish the practice of Psychoanalysis from suggestion. Moreover, the book asserts that Psychoanalysis is uniquely placed to foster the psychological development made possible by this communication.

Exploring the relationship between unconscious communication, group dynamics, containment and psychological development in a highly original way, Bion and the Language of the Unconscious: Psychoanalysis, Suggestion, and Thoughts Too Deep for Words will be of great interest to psychotherapists, psychologists and psychoanalysts who are interested in the relationship between psychoanalysis and suggestion.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Song-and-Dance

Chapter 2: Song-and-Dance and the Internal World

Chapter 3: The Dynamics of Unconscious Communication

Chapter 4: Psychoanalysis and Suggestion

Chapter 5: Psychoanalysis Beyond Suggestion

Chapter 6: The Analyst’s Oedipal Dilemma

Chapter 7: Psychoanalysis and Science

Chapter 8: The Craft of Psychoanalysis

Chapter 9: Psychoanalysis and Play

Chapter 10: Containment, Self-Containment and Identification

Chapter 11: Finding the Context

Chapter 12: Summary and Conclusions

About the Author:

Robert Caper, MD, is the author of three books and numerous articles on psychoanalysis. He has lectured in countries all around the world and currently resides in New York City and Vermont where he practices and teaches.

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