By Meg Harris Williams
"This ebook bargains a definitive interpreting of Bion's extraordinary autobiographical writings from a point of view embedded within the poetry of the a long time, that of the Romantics specifically. it really is without delay realized and, completely freshly, capable of discover the interior tale of Bion's lifestyles and brain. the amount is a distillation and elaboration of the paintings of a long time. when ostensibly a longer statement at the autobiographical works themselves, it's also, in its personal correct, a journey de strength, enticing, because it does, with the center of the problem: with the advance of a psychoanalyst, of a existence, a self, a brain, completely inward with the 'dark and sombre international of thought'."- Margot Waddell, psychoanalyst and advisor baby psychotherapist, Tavistock hospital
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The need to acknowledge the debt to “origins” is confirmed by Alice. Various voices have already formulated the problem: SOMITE TWENTY-FOUR: If I had known I would grow a soul I would have remained a foetus. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS: If I had known I had such an ugly somitic ancestor I would not have tried to cultivate a soul. EIGHTEEN YEARS: I don’t think I knew your somitic friend, but I had my suspicions and thought a soul would be an asset, not an excrescence. [p. 461] Even when the Group appear on the verge of achieving their “disciplined debate”, they try not to lose sight of eruptions of denial regarding the origins of their thinking process in pre-natal life.
44) and left her, nearing the term of her pregnancy, for the war. Remembering his experience of Trotter leads directly to thoughts of Betty. “I didn’t know”, he says, that she would die in childbirth: “I didn’t know—no, but I should have known” (p. 39). Why should he have known? No external interpreter could have accused him of any irresponsibility or lack of foresight—quite the contrary; there was even the fund of £8000 for Betty in the event of his death from being brave. And indeed, we can see that in external terms he tried not to be posted abroad.
4). It is not psychoanalysis (the “thing-in-itself”), but neither does he wish it to be just “talking about” psychoanalysis— a mode which he considers boring at best, lying at worst. The genre for such a “fictitious account”, however, does not exist until the search begins: “I have to manufacture the apparatus as I proceed. I claim that it is artistic though the art has not yet been created . ” (p. 88). It comes into being with its subject, the embryonic idea whose growth is overseen by internal objects.