The Space Between Memory and Desire.



“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”


Wilfred Bion – First published in 1967 in the Psychoanalytic Forum., Vol 2, No.3.

“Obey the following rules:

1. Memory: Do not remember past sessions. The greater the impulse to remember what has been said or done, the more the need to resist it. This impulse can present itself as a wish to remember something that has happened because it appears to have precipitated an emotional crisis: no crisis should be allowed to breach this rule. The supposed events must not be allowed to occupy the mind. Otherwise the evolution of the session will not be observed at the only time when it can be observed-while it is taking place.

2. Desires: The psychoanalyst can start by avoiding any desires for the approaching end of the session (or week, or term). Desires for results, `cure’ or even understanding must not be allowed to proliferate.
These rules must be obeyed all the time and not simply during the sessions. In time the psychoanalyst will become more aware of the pressure of memories and desires and more skilled at eschewing them.”

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One Response to The Space Between Memory and Desire.

  1. Clartk says:

    Excellent pieces that help you say ‘O’ I see you now. Thanks. Love your blog. It deserves much more attention.

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