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"This ebook bargains a definitive studying of Bion's outstanding autobiographical writings from a point of view embedded within the poetry of the a long time, that of the Romantics particularly. it's right now discovered and, completely freshly, capable of discover the interior tale of Bion's existence and brain. the quantity is a distillation and elaboration of the paintings of decades. while ostensibly a longer observation at the autobiographical works themselves, it's also, in its personal correct, a journey de strength, attractive, because it does, with the center of the problem: with the advance of a psychoanalyst, of a existence, a self, a brain, completely inward with the 'dark and sombre international of thought'."- Margot Waddell, psychoanalyst and advisor baby psychotherapist, Tavistock sanatorium

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Outside the official arena of courtship and mate-hunting, other types of sexual education were taking place that were genuinely mind-building. 6 Particularly vivid is the contrast presented by two of the chief surgeons with whom he trained—both “brilliant, world-famous technicians” but with quite different attitudes to the human material on which they operated. Julian Taylor had an unmatched technical brilliance but regarded the patient as having no worthwhile 6649 HARRIS_Book_FINAL 30/11/09 2:25 pm Page 21 REMEMBERING 21 knowledge of himself or his body, simply because he was ignorant of medical diagnosis.

Samson Agonistes, ll. 19–22] Like Milton, rather than like Eliot, Bion believed that time was internally redeemable through writing the dream; the heart can gain the “intense tranquillity” that means (in Harris’s words) it “can never now / Lose the love of comrades”. : 403). The “memory” of Bion’s past life, or mind, with its succession of catastrophic changes, is reviewed in the present by a group of internal voices or characters, who are simultaneously previewing the significance of his “self” for the future.

4) turns into a real dream, a present experience. He regards the book, he says, as an “instrument” for investigation, not as a means for enshrining dogma (p. 204). As in Milton’s Samson Agonistes (from which the title of the second volume, The Past Presented, derives) the protagonist of a reverie of this type becomes the subject of restless thoughts, that like a deadly swarm Of hornets armed, no sooner found alone, But rush upon me thronging, and present Times past, what once I was, and what am now.

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