The Italian Seminars

1st Edition

Wilfred R. Bion

Routledge
Published June 9, 2005
Reference - 122 Pages
ISBN 9781855753396 - CAT# K378983

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Summary

Previously unpublished in English, this book comprises lectures the author gave in Rome, in 1977. The volume consists of questions from the floor andthe aurthor's fascinating and, at times, controversial answers. The lectures are divided in two: the first part was organized by the Italian Psychoanalytical Society and the second by the Via Pollaiolo Research Group. the author's replies examine such diverse subjects as difficulties in the interaction between the therapist and the patient; music and psychoanalysis; non-verbal communication in the consulting room; and methodology in psychoanalysis.'What I want to draw attention to is this idea that the human animal has a mind, or a character, or a personality. It seems to be quite a useful theory, and we behave as if we thought it was more than that. When it comes to being psychoanalysts and psychiatrists, this cannot be treated as if it were simply an entertaining theory. Nor do patients come to see us because they are suffering from an entertaining theory.

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