Wilfred Bion: Los Angeles Seminars and Supervision

Aguayo, J. and Malin, B. (eds.) 2013. Karnac.

Wilfred Bion’s lectures at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in April 1967 are here published for the first time. This collection presents Bion’s clear exposition of his clinical and theoretical thinking. The first lecture sets out his ideas on ‘memory and desire’, and he discusses the factors that facilitate optimal listening receptivity in the analyst. In the second lecture, Bion defines projective identification, container/contained and ‘beta elements’, and how these ideas serve as an orienting template for the analyst’s understanding of ‘proto-mental’ states of mind.