Learning from Experience

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Jason Aronson, 1994 - Psychology - 126 pages
In this book Bion describes his use of the term "alpha-function" to conceptualize how the data of emotional experience is processed and digested. This includes his thinking on "contact barriers" and the bearing of "projective identification" on the genesis of thought.

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Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
4
Chapter Three
6
Chapter Four
8
Chapter Five
10
Chapter Six
13
Chapter Seven
15
Chapter Eight
17
Chapter Seventeen
50
Chapter Eighteen
53
Chapter Nineteen
55
Chapter Twenty
59
Chapter TwentyOne
64
Chapter TwentyTwo
66
Chapter TwentyThree
72
Chapter TwentyFour
76

Chapter Nine
20
Chapter Ten
24
Chapter Eleven
28
Chapter Twelve
31
Chapter Thirteen
38
Chapter Fourteen
42
Chapter Fifteen
45
Chapter Sixteen
47
Chapter TwentyFive
79
Chapter TwentySix
82
Chapter TwentySeven
89
Chapter TwentyEight
95
Index
107
The Grid
112
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About the author (1994)

Wilfred Bion worked clinically with psychotic patients and made many significant contributions in this area, viewing schizophrenic thinking as a difficulty in the "linking" of thoughts and objects. His concept of the "container" and the "contained" emphasizes the role of empathy in the infant-mother dyad. He used the term "alpha function" to conceptualize how the data of emotional experience is processed and digested, and he developed the "grid" to locate the development and transformation of psychic elements. Wilfred Bion died in 1979.

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