By Duncan Cartwright
Wilfred Bion’s insights into the analytic method have had a profound impact on how psychoanalysts and psychotherapists comprehend emotional switch and pathological psychological states. one in every of his so much influential principles issues the suggestion that we want the minds of others to improve our personal emotional and cognitive capacities. In Containing States of brain Duncan Cartwright explores and develops the various implications that Bion’s box version has on medical perform. He argues that the analyst or therapist top fulfils a containing functionality by way of negotiating irreconcilable inner tensions among his function as ‘dream item’ and ‘proper object’. The box version can also be used to demonstrate diversified ‘modes of interplay’ within the analytic box, the character of specific pathological states and a few of the major dilemmas confronted in trying to make insufferable psychological states extra bearable. in addition to addressing key theoretical difficulties, Containing States of brain is a scientific textual content that renders complicated rules available and important for psychotherapeutic and analytic perform and as such should be crucial examining for all these keen on the fields of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.
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Although, as discussed earlier, projective identification is dependent on an interpersonal 'nudging' process for transmitting feeling states, containing and transforming such projections does not depend oh the physical presence of the object. It seems to me that one of the implications of considering the container link as being an intrapsychic process still remains to be fully explored in analytic writings. It concerns the idea that a containing mind need not be conceptualized as being 'housed' in one person or individual, the mother, for instance.
1349). For this to happen the mother needs a mind of her own in order to intuit and help the infant 'name' unarticulated experience; not the suspended or ablated self evident in 'holding'. This point best clarifies the differences between these two terms: the containing function is dependent on the mother's mind, her imaginative speculations, whereas 'holding' is dependent on accommodating to the needs ofthe infant or patient. Here, differences between minds are diminished as much as possible and the mother's mind is seen as a potential impingement.
But this is far from simply being the action of conveying one's care and love, it involves active curiosity, knowing (K) and immersion in the interaction. As Bion makes clear, reverie refers to the analyst being 'in a state of receptive observation . . 95). pays special attention to images and thoughts that suddenly appear for no apparent reason and disappear in a similar way, almost eluding 44 Containing states of mind memory. Images, proto-thoughts and proto-emotions, appear and disappear 'as a single whole' (1967, p.