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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (14 Mar. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415093538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415093538
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"The subtlety and compactness of Bion's ideas are among his great strengths, but they have also been sources of great frustration to generations of students. The Symington's account makes them addessible even to those with limited psychoanalytic experience."-"The International Journal of Psycho-analysis

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Sept. 2013
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The first time I read this book I was struck by something that has taken a second read to confirm - everything about this book is excellent apart from the first couple of chapters, which are really flakey. The authors take the strange decision of throwing down the gauntlet in regards to Bion's standing as a thinker and psychoanalyst, claiming that he is the 'deepest' thinker in the firmament bar none - including of course everyone's favourite target, Freud. Freud as usual gets painted as reductive, blinkered and deterministic in his metapsychological model and Bion is the revolutionary white knight. Yes, Bion is the bestest, we are assured in often rather breathless purple prose and without hesitation or irony. Some of this is about the author's clear love for him and his thinking, which I admire and enjoy, and some of it is just plain silliness in the service of distinguishing and distancing him from his predecessors and contemporaries. Way too much of a meal is made of this - Bion wasn't the only thinker to synthesise something original from Freud and Klein's models - Winnicott for example was equally subversive in this way. So, that's the missing star from my review.

Right, now that's out the way, I'm happy to report that the rest of the book is extremely well put-together and useful, written at just the right level for someone seeking a challenging introduction. 'The grid' is used as the centre point from which all of Bion's major concepts are presented, and the authors do this with deftness, insight and an obvious passion for what Bion stood for intellectually and philosophically. They get inside his ideas and light them up which, for a psychotherapy student such as myself, is invaluable since his original texts are not easy to get to grips with.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anna Luiza on 17 April 2012
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Bion introduced The Grid, which gives perspective on development of thought. It gives an account of emergence of thought from the unconscious to concious thinking and how defence mechanisms prevent that from happening in many individuals. This is well illustrated by examples. 'Looking for the truth' in a person is Bion's main theme and I think that simplicity expresses what psychoanalysis is about.
He is an 'independent' to his presuccessors such as Melanie Klein, and veers away from some concepts or just uses different terminology to describe the same thing, however, his book can be used to critically evaluate works of others, or help us think out of the box.
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If you like Bion's theory, this is a must have..... 22 Nov. 2014
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Finally a book that describes Bion's contributions to Kleinian theory in a comprehensible manner. This book includes a gem for all clinicians struggling with Bion's theory: a great interpretation of how to understand Bion's famous Grid. Enjoy!
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good book and quick shipment
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