This book is one of a short series on the teaching of post-Kleinian psychoanalysis, with a companion volume on Teaching Meltzer.
Wilfred Bion always emphasized that he had no desire to implant his thoughts in others but hoped instead to inspire their own process of self-knowledge or ‘becoming’, which can only take place in the conviction that the mind ‘exists’ and is not merely a figure of speech. He spoke of ‘intercessors’ and cited one of his own teachers, Socrates, on the need to distinguish phantoms from real thoughts, intelligence from wisdom.
Like psychoanalysis itself, teaching is a form of learning from experience, conducted in the context of a joint search with students or colleagues, or indeed patients. A good teacher is essentially a student, and ‘What are you when you cease to be a student of psychoanalysis?” as Bion said. Teaching the work of one’s teachers can be an especially fruitful means of internalizing them, and an invitation to others.
The contributions in this book are international and varied in their approach, and have been worked out over time, so offer an opportunity for current and future teachers to experiment and analyze their own methods. Style, cultural context, personal bias and interests are all important in making the teaching situation a live and authentic one from which the participants, and likewise the reader, can select what speaks to them.
Table of Contents:
About the Authors
Introduction—Meg Harris Williams
1) Wilfred Bion: clinical thinker—Chris Mawson 1
2) A go-between—Claudio Neri 17
3) Identifying with existential unease—Antonello Correale
4) Teaching Bion, living life—Luiz Carlos Uchôa Junqueira, Jnr.
5) Building a ‘Bion container’—Lee Rather
6) Maintaining a relation to O—Charles W. Dithrich
7) Group learning—Angel Costantino
8) Tiger stripes and student voices—Michael Eigen
9) Dreaming the patient into being: a methodology for clinical seminars—Howard B. Levine
10) Wilfred Bion: a model kit—Leandro Stitzman
11) Teaching Bion’s teachings—R. D. Hinshelwood
12) Teaching Bion in Russia—Robert Harris
13) Bion’s adventures in a country without psychoanalysis—Igor Romanov
14) On communicating the style of living analysis—Dawn Farber
15) Teaching through clinical example—Dorothy Hamilton
16) Teaching theory in the context of child analysis: a case study—Gertraud Diem-Wille
17) The living mind – Bion’s vision—Meg Harris Williams
18) The individual in the group: on learning to work with the psychoanalytical method—Martha Harris
About the Editor:
Meg Harris Williams is an artist and writer with a special interest in aesthetic experience. She collaborated with Donald Meltzer in The Apprehension of Beauty and The Claustrum. Her latest books on psychoanalysis and poetry are The Vale of Soulmaking and The Aesthetic Development.