An Introduction to W.R. Bion's 'A Memoir of the Future': by Paulo Cesar Sandler

By Paulo Cesar Sandler

Within the final years of his existence Bion accumulated strange manuscripts handwritten in his tidy lettering that assumed the shape of a trilogy. Finely typed and edited through his devoted spouse, they have been named "A Memoir of the Future". the various subject matters of this publication have been already glaring in Transformations and Attention and Interpretation. those previous books supply a few of the theories whose useful counterpart eventually came upon a kind within the trilogy: as Bion himself famous, "the standards for a psychoanalytic paper are that it's going to stimulate within the reader the emotional adventure that the author intends, that its energy to stimulate may be sturdy, and that the emotional adventure therefore inspired might be a correct illustration of the psychoanalytic adventure that motivated the author in first place." was once Bion actual to his notice? it's might be left to the reader to reply to this query. those books are an try and point out the view that Bion’s test used to be to provide the burning flame itself – instead of proposing static images of the fireplace.

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What he wanted to say only he could know—and he left a clear message about this in his introduction to Seven Servants (1977d). ”, or “by transformations”, or “by alpha-function”, etc. (Sandler, 1969, 1973). The appearance of people who had no qualms about saying what Freud, Klein and Winnicott “meant” or “wanted to say” was increased ad infinitum, especially after the death of the original authors. Either friendly or warring groups were formed by the selfstyled (and soon described as such by others) “disciples” or “followers”: “Freudians”, “Kleinians”, etc.

It owed its nickname to the external appearance of a container for liquids, which was the disguise chosen to take it to the front line by steam-powered trains. The disguise precluded the correct identification of the first ones by enemy spies. After a hurried training, Bion was among the first groups of tank commanders in World War I. The young man was solidly built; he could survive the hellish ordeal awaiting him and his comrades-in-arms—a real slaughter on a scale hitherto unknown. Let us resort to Francesca Bion’s report: He left school in 1915, just before his eighteenth birthday, and joined the Royal Tank Regiment in 1916.

Bion, 1965, p. 32] Was Bion true to his word? It is left to the reader to answer this question. The present work is an attempt to indicate the view that Bion was trying to present the burning flame itself—rather than static photographs of the fire. Does his work revive the original ethos of Freud’s contributions? Would the decision made by the psychoanalytic movement to implant the triple method—personal analysis, supervision of clinical cases and theoretical seminars—in their training be a purposeful, explicit way to elicit a “Freud-state-of-mind” in any would-be analyst?

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