An Introduction to W.R. Bion's 'A Memoir of the Future': by Paulo Cesar Sandler

By Paulo Cesar Sandler

Within the final years of his lifestyles Bion accrued strange manuscripts handwritten in his tidy lettering that assumed the shape of a trilogy. Finely typed and edited via his committed spouse, they have been named "A Memoir of the Future". a number of the subject matters of this publication have been already glaring in Transformations and Attention and Interpretation. those previous books supply the various theories whose useful counterpart ultimately discovered a kind within the trilogy: as Bion himself famous, "the standards for a psychoanalytic paper are that it may stimulate within the reader the emotional event that the author intends, that its strength to stimulate could be sturdy, and that the emotional event therefore encouraged will be a correct illustration of the psychoanalytic adventure that prompted the author in first place." was once Bion actual to his be aware? it's possibly left to the reader to reply to this question. those books are an try to point out the view that Bion’s try out used to be to give the burning flame itself – instead of proposing static images of the hearth.

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The air was more wholesome for the disappearance of Aitches and Homfray. Of Aitches it could be said that the misfortune was a tragedy personal to him and to those under him who were expected by force of circumstances to invest him with an importance he did not have. The tragedy was repeated in the next war on a far larger scale when not only Chamberlain but the nation itself was pushed upon to bear an importance, loaded with history and the conditions of a present and a future, which it could not carry.

Despite those serious intrinsic shortcomings, A Memoir of the Future was Bion’s last attempt to put his psychoanalytic writing in the most dynamic form possible. We shall see that with few exceptions—transformations, container and contained, thoughts-without-a-thinker, α, β—Bion makes no recourse to his earlier technical terminology, composed of more than one hundred concepts (Sandler, 2005). With the Trilogy Bion momentarily brushes aside—but in no way makes obsolete—a large number of his former theoretical verbal formulations, despite the fact that it encircles exactly the same issues.

Bion, 1995] One may be reminded that Wilfred Trotter, like Le Bon and McDougall, furnished the sociological basis to Freud’s “Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego” (1921). Francesca Bion shares her husband’s ideas about the next steps: “After obtaining his medical qualification Bion spent seven years in psychotherapeutic training at the Tavistock Clinic, an experience he regarded, in retrospect, as having been of very doubtful benefit” (F. Bion, 1995). A stint in a false analysis may have served as a step to Bion’s encounter, in 1938, with a real analyst, Dr John Rickman, with whom he received a training analysis.

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