Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wilfred Bion on the Analytic Experience

"Once the patient begins to understand what the analytic experience is, then he changes so fast that what he thought or felt at the beginning of a sentence is out of date by the time he has reached the end of it. That is why, when you are satisfied that the patient is actually developing, it is well to be able to forget what you know and to discard what you want to happen. It is difficult to de-barrass the mind of its load of experience; we are liable to slow the patient down by clinging to out-of-date ideas, and as a result, are unable to watch the patient's progress to some other idea." (p. 29)

Wilfred R. Bion (2005). The Italian Seminars (from 1977). London: Karnac.

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