By Paulo Cesar Sandler
The ultimate booklet within the three-volume sequence, A scientific program of Bion’s Concepts is split in 4 components. half I, in the course of the relief of a transdisciplinary examine among psycho-analysis, arithmetic, and physics, proposes 4 elevated diversifications of Bion’s epistemological instrument, The Grid. half II is a research of the main elemental bearings of the psycho-analytic clinic—free institutions and unfastened floating attention—which evolves from the research of goals, below the contributions of Bion (presented in quantity I), in addition to from the research of the analytic functionality and the functionality of the analyst (presented in quantity II). partially III, Sandler indicates how the pursuit of fact could be visible as one of many reasons of the psycho-analytic research within the health facility. half IV offers Sandler’s proposals for increasing the observational strength of present Bion’s theories.
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Why assign one particular category to a statement instead of any other? The decision depends on an “analytically trained intuition” (Bion, 1965, pp. 34, 50). The Grid was intended to improve it, together with other means. Chief among them, the analyst’s personal analysis: “the best possible one analyst may get” as Bion emphasised many times (1977, 1979). The Grid attempts to convey the human apparatus of thought as an observational theory in psychoanalysis and this nature and intent have as an intrinsic factor the truth-seeking function.
10 A C L I N I CA L A P P L I CAT I O N O F B I O N ’ S C O N C E P T S The “real psychoanalysis” to which we aspire is at best only a reaching out towards that “real psychoanalysis”. But it is real enough to make people aware that there is “something” beyond the feeble efforts of psychoanalyst and analysand. I think it optimistic to suppose that we do more than scratch the surface in our struggles to achieve it. [Bion, 1979a, pp. 509–10] It focuses some states of the analyst’s mind: I suggest that for a correct interpretation it is necessary for the analyst to go through the phase of “persecution” even if, as we hope, it is in a modified form, without giving an interpretation … Again, he should not give an interpretation while experiencing depression; the change from paranoid–schizoid to depressive position must be complete before he gives his interpretation … The interpretation should be such that the transition from knowing about reality to becoming real is furthered.
Bion emphasises that the Grid represents in a bi-dimensional field, though crudely, both evolution and involution of thinking processes. The Grid does not “serve to real contact with the patient”, but rather as a prelude to this contact, as training for the psychoanalytic intuition. Nevertheless, the Grid can be put into a kind of “introjection” service when it is used to enhance the analytic intuitive contact with emotional experiences. It does not serve as an aid to selfanalysis, but can be seen as a portable supervisor: Although home work is not done in an atmosphere of emotional tension, grid and transformation theory is applied to the recollection of such situations.
A Clinical Application of Bion's Concepts, Volume 3: Verbal and Visual Approaches to Reality by Paulo Cesar Sandler