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Learning from Experience

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'As the problems raised in this book are fundamental to learning they have a long history of investigation and discussion. In phsycho-analytical practice, particularly with patients displaying symptoms of disorders of thought, it becomes clear that psycho-analysis has added a dimension to problems if not to their solution. 'This book deals with emotional experiences that a ...more
Paperback, 126 pages
Published December 31st 1984 by Routledge (first published 1962)
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Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
Difficult but satisfying read. Provided framework for abstracting and understanding our thoughts and thinking process.
This book is a miserable wasteland of cold abstraction, produced by a deeply traumatized person as his picture of fundamental psychic reality. Heartbreakingly empty of any warmth or texture, Learning from Experience is like a daytrip to the dark side of the moon.
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leitura difícil, mas rica. Descreve como podemos aprender com a nossa experiência lidando de forma fluida com a nossa atividade emocional, e o que impede que tenhamos uma digestão de nossas experiências, retendo emoções indigestas. Clássico da literatura psicanalítica.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to this short book, I now have a better understanding of container/contained, alpha function/elements, beta elements, L/H/K/-K, etc.
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
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychoanalysis
"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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