Attacks on Linking Revisited – A New Look at Bion’s Classic Work

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Edited by Catalina Bronstein and Edna O’Shaughnessy 

Karnac Books – 2017 

p. XXV (Introduction)   “ICogitations (1992), Bion differentiated experiences that appear to be transformed by alpha function from those that cannot be transformed.  In order for a  sense impression to be transformed by alpha function, the impression must stay for some length of time (it has to acquire some durability) and must be ideogrammaticised.  Bion gave the example that if the experience is of pain, the psyche must have some visual image of “rubbing an elbow, or tearful face”. He added,

If the reality principle is dominant, then the object of the ideogram will be to make the experience suitable for storage and recall; if the pleasure-pain principle is dominant, the tendency will be to have as the object of the ideogram its value as an excretable object.  (1992, p.64)  Bion W.R. (1992) Cogitations. London:  Karnac.”

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