By Paulo Cesar Sandler
Within the final years of his existence Bion accumulated strange manuscripts handwritten in his tidy lettering that assumed the shape of a trilogy. Finely typed and edited via his devoted spouse, they have been named "A Memoir of the Future". the various issues of this booklet have been already obtrusive in Transformations and Attention and Interpretation. those previous books supply a few of the theories whose useful counterpart eventually came upon a sort within the trilogy: as Bion himself famous, "the standards for a psychoanalytic paper are that it may stimulate within the reader the emotional adventure that the author intends, that its energy to stimulate might be sturdy, and that the emotional event hence inspired might be a correct illustration of the psychoanalytic event that inspired the author in first place." used to be Bion real to his observe? it's possibly left to the reader to respond to this question. those books are an try to point out the view that Bion’s test used to be to offer the burning flame itself – instead of proposing static images of the hearth.
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An esoteric practice due to the fact that learning it depends on personal training with another person who is more experienced? One may consider Bion’s view, stemming from observation, recorded in the Introduction of Learning from Experience: For a time I thought of concentrating on analysis of trainees. I am confident that psychoanalysts are right in thinking that this is the only really effective method of passing on analytic experience that we have at present; but to limit one’s energies to this activity smacks of the esoteric cult.
138), a concept advanced in A Theory of Thinking and expanded in Learning from Experience and Transformations. Is it fair to state that A Memoir of the Future constitutes a “practical lesson” in what was earlier seen by many onlookers as a most theoretical attempt? There is evidence that the answer to this question is “yes”. It is an open secret, but rarely mentioned in the literature, that more often than not, since its inception, the psychoanalytic clinic has been regarded as “obscure, complicated and difficult” by both adherents and non-adherents of the psychoanalytic movement.
The different organisation was construed around more traditional modes, often found useful by many readers. It obeys a quasi-taxonomic form in profiting from social and psychoanalytic concepts and conceptions developed firstly by historians of ideas and secondly by Freud and Klein, the main sources of Bion’s contributions to psychoanalysis. This method of sharing information, a fundamental scientific tool, has proved to be successful in gaining a fair acceptance by the Portuguesespeaking audience.