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WILFRED BION

WILFRED BION

Wilfred Bion was an Indian-born British psychoanalyst and president of the British Psychoanalytical Society during the 1960s.

A pioneer in group dynamics, he worked closely with traumatised soldiers during the Second World War and became well-known for his studies of patients in psychotic states.

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“0" Concept

“0" Concept

“0" is perhaps Bion's most far-reaching conception.

He refers to it by different terms:

• "Absolute Truth,"

•"Ultimate Reality," or

•"reverence and awe."

A transformation in "0" is attainable only by the disciplined abandonment of memory, desire, understanding, sense impressions -- and perhaps also the abandonment of ego itself.

The concept of "O," beginning with "thoughts without a thinker," the "things-in-themselves," "beta elements," "memoirs of the future," and "inherent preconceptions" transcended both Freud's Unconscious and its constant conjunction with infantile sexuality.

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Ineffable matrix

Ineffable matrix

Bion revealed the ineffable matrix - the container transcending existence, undermining certainties with mocking doubts.

  1. Uncountable Void
  2. Undeterminable certainty
  3. Endless Existence

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The Field of Epistemology

The Field of Epistemology

In simpler terms, epistemology is the study of how we gain knowledge and understanding. Bion observed that infants communicate their fears to their mothers, who "translate" them into meaning. This process starts the process of normal thinking and shapes our understanding.

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The Importance of Truth

The Importance of Truth

The Importance of Truth in Mental Growth:

  • Bion believed that truth is essential for mental growth, just like food is for physical growth.
  • He described the lie as a negative validation of the truth that needs to be rejected.
  • In his view, truth does not require a thinker to be validated as it speaks for itself.
  • Bion also introduced the mystical concept of "O" in relation to the truth.

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Understanding Ultimate Reality

Understanding Ultimate Reality

Ultimate Reality is a concept beyond our senses and imagination, including Plato's Theory of Eternal Forms and Bion's "thoughts without a thinker."

  • Thoughts without a thinker" derive from "O."
  • They are the "unborns," the "intimations of immortality."
  • These thoughts cannot be found because they can never be an object, only enhancing our sense of subjectivity.

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The End is Where We Start From...

The End is Where We Start From...

Bion's concept of "0" seems to be circular. It is within us, around us, and beyond us - as well as before us and after us; we temporally proceed from it, through it, and toward it.

"0" as our mystically directed trajectory fulfills Plato's conception, "That which is always becoming" - but never really attained.

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The Power of Transubjective Mystical Realization

The Power of Transubjective Mystical Realization

Bion believed that through a mystical realization, we become "0." This transformation is completely internal and meditative, urging us to let go of sensory objects such as memories, desires, and understanding.

In order to reach this state, we must contemplate without an object to contemplate.

This allows us to surrender to the vastness of the unknown and experience a profound, transformative awakening. Key concepts:

  • "0" as a state of being
  • Importance of letting go of external objects
  • Contemplation without an object as a path to self-discovery.

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WILFRED BION

“Truth spoke for itself and therefore required no thinker.”

WILFRED BION

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