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Learning from Experience

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In this book Bion describes his use of the term "alpha-function" to conceptualize how the data of emotional experience is processed and digested. This includes his thinking on "contact barriers" and the bearing of "projective identification" on the genesis of thought. A Jason Aronson Book
Paperback, 126 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by Jason Aronson, Inc. (first published 1962)
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Psychoanalyst Dr David Bell has chosen to discuss Learning From Experience by Wilfred Bion on FiveBooks as one of the top five on his subject - Psychoanalysis, saying that:

“…He is very seminal to my work. There are three elements in Freud’s thought that deal with what promotes development. The first is overcoming repression of sexual and destructive instincts, the second is allowing the life instinct to dominate the death drive and the third is knowledge, that is, knowledge of the self. ‘Where I
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"As alpha-function makes the sense impressions of the emotional experience available for conscious and dream-thought the patient who cannot dream cannot go to sleep and cannot wake up."

Given this clinical picture of disturbed thinking, Bion tries to think about thoughts and thinking and their origins, and finds that the psychotic has a model of thought, even a "theory of knowledge," you could say. . . . Unlike many (most?) analysts who focus on the unconscious, desires, phantasies, wishes, Bion
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