By P. C. Sandler

During this magisterial paintings, Paulo Sandler maintains to tell apart himself as a prime student at the works of Bion. Already renowned for his encyclopedic zeal, this current ebook keeps Sandler's tireless seek of Bion's contributions via this noteworthy medical program of Bion's ideas.

A significant characteristic of Sandler's method of learning Bion has been to contextualize the history of Bion's assumptions. In so doing, he investigates cultural and old antecedents, particularly together with the philosophical and medical issues of view. From them Sandler selects Romanticism to discover futher: among the features of Romanticism is mind's eye, at top artistic, but additionally idealization and hyperbole.

Sandler additionally discusses Bion's method of being "scientific", one remarkable point of that is his precise use of theories, which he distinguishes from versions.

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Defining Minus H There is a forceful attempt to prove that un-hating is superior to hating. The same considerations about envy precluding anything other than a parasitic relationship are valid here. The breast cannot be felt as a moderator of the dreadful and annihilating feelings; the breast that is felt as bad is, so to say, “co-opted”. It is turned into a false good breast. If the baby’s envy is excessive, a Minus loving Mother nourishes Minus Hate sibs. Minus H is not lack of hate. It is the triumph of hate through an absolute splitting of love from hate.

What is at stake is an issue of quantity transmuting itself into quality. Violent emotions express an excessive quantity of narcissism and paranoid-schizoid stuff. Love overwhelms hate, and without hate, the precursor of love, love itself becomes impossible. The alternative to suicide or homicide is Minus love, −L. But a kind of absolute denial of frustration brushes aside real love. Mental death ensues. 6 It demands toleration of the paradox that the object that is loved and the object that is hated are one and the same object.

This exploitative pattern, a projective identification of the exploitative breast, becomes a pattern throughout the person’s life. This person cannot C L I N I CA L S O U R C E S 39 learn by experience; his or her acts of aggression and acrid criticism are felt in a raging way to be deserving of welcome, applause and admiration. Obviously, such a person can find a suitable mate and the cycle turns into a never-ending route to impoverishment. The person’s demeanour and posture are of compliance and outward adaptation to social climates, sometimes bordering on servility.

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