Second Thoughts: Selected Papers on Psychoanalysis by Wilfred R. Bion

By Wilfred R. Bion

A range of Bion's papers on Schizophrenia, Linking and considering, and his statement upon them within the mild of later paintings. initially released in 1967.

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Sustenance had to be drawn through a hair-fine tube, and the associations by which he strove to obtain relief in analysis were tenuous and fitful to match. His real twin seemed as intractable as material for phantasy as food appeared to be for sustenance. Patient “A” personified his splits with such success that in some sessions, as I have said, one might almost imagine one’s self watching a session of play therapy with a child. “B” seemed to feel as inadequately equipped for the exploration of intra-psychic tensions as he did for contact with reality and I could not help feeling that “A”, particularly in the sessions devoted to the consultants, when he seemed able to tolerate my presence as a person in my own right, was demonstrating, by his personifications, his attempt to bridge the gulf to reality, and displaying, in doing so, one factor that contributed to hopefulness about the outcome of his analysis.

The change was so sudden as to be disconcerting. What on earth, I wondered, had happened to the twin and the complaining parent? It was as if he had swallowed them and was suffering the consequences. That was the end of the session. When I had recovered from my surprise, I remembered that we had often had reason to suppose that he felt he had a poisonous family inside him but that was the first occasion on which I had had quite such a dramatic exhibition of himself in the act of introjecting objects.

10. Examining the matter still further, I noticed that the associations were all stale associations inviting a stale response. If I broke the rhythm, he showed signs of anxiety or irritability; if I continued to give the interpretations, which it now became clear he both invited and expected, there emerged a sense of having reached a dead-end. I was not surprised when he said to me in the early part of the next session, that he felt the treatment was getting nowhere and was doing no good: did I think, he very reasonably asked, that it was worthwhile going on?

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