By Annie Reiner
Together with his thought of “O,” Wilfred Bion supplied a brand new psychoanalytic house within which to discover the brain.
Bion and Being: ardour and the artistic Mind examines the similarities among this psychoanalytic area and the artist’s inventive sensibility, in addition to mystical and non secular states. This such a lot mysterious and progressive of Bion’s analytic rules displays what's primarily a kingdom of being, an event of psychological integrity and union among emotional and rational capabilities of the brain that is the foundation of pondering and creativity. for you to supply emotional figuring out to Bion’s theoretical rules, Dr Reiner makes use of examples of artists, poets, writers, theologians, and philosophers--including Rilke, cummings, Shakespeare, Beckett, and Nietzsche--to illustrate those psychoanalytic suggestions. She additionally offers specific medical examples of patient’s desires to discover the stumbling blocks to those states of being, in addition to how one can paintings clinically to increase entry to those artistic states.
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85). For Nietzsche, this new thinker is described as the future of man, “a man of tomorrow and the day after tomorrow . . His enemy was ever the ideal of today” (sec. 212, p. 137). Nietzsche’s statement can also be understood with reference to Gertrude Stein’s notion that the genius is someone who lives in a future which already exists in the present, and which he or she is able to put forth in a new vision. Those who cannot see it are still living in the past, their knowledge based on assumptions that they force to fit into old preconceived notions of reality.
Who is this then, this Wisdom? . One thirsts for her and is not satisfied, one looks at her through veils . . Is she fair? I know not! . She is changeable and defiant. . Perhaps she is wicked and false, and in everything a wench . . And again [contemplating this] I seemed to sink into the unfathomable. (Nietzsche, 1885a, p. 132) The genius, or Übermensch, capable even of intermittent balance on that bridge between man and “God” is possessed of a mind able to experience creative passion, with its “progeny” of new thoughts and ideas.
It is a capacity for separate existence, however, which includes the capacity to lose one’s self in the other, that temporary “death” of the self beyond the limitations of a split or splintered ego. In Bion’s view, passion is a basic analytic element, and the experience of the presence or absence of this sense of passion in the patient provides the analyst with a sense of the patient’s emotional existence or non-existence. Implicit in Christ’s Passion—his destiny to suffer the sins of mankind—is the need of a saviour to suffer man’s sins for him.