By Celia F. Korbivcher
This booklet is a suite of articles written among 1992 and 2005 which makes an attempt to convey universes jointly – Bion’s referential and autistic phenomena. the sector of scientific paintings which the writer makes use of is that of "learning from the emotional event" (Bion, 1962) and the idea of alterations (Bion, 1965), a mode of staring at psychological phenomena inside this box, which additionally encompasses the parts of neurosis and psychosis. the writer uses Tustin’s thought (1965) which proposes that the character has, except the neurotic and psychotic components, an autistic half during which prevails sensations rather than feelings.
The writer indicates including an autistic quarter to the idea of variations, offering a brand new form of transformation past these steered through Bion: the autistic alterations. The benefit of this inspiration is to extend Bion’s referential to the autistic zone, a space ruled by means of sensations with out illustration within the brain. within the ultimate chapters, the writer examines the functioning of the analyst’s brain while confronted with autistic modifications within the analytic consultation and the results of together with this idea in Bion’s referential.
The final 3 chapters are famous articles which were granted 4 awards: the Fabio Leite Lobo Prize (2001) and Durval Marcondes (2008) from the Brazilian Psychoanalytical Society, the 1st overseas Parthenope Thalamo Bion from the Italian Society of Psychoanalysis (2004) and the ninth Frances Tustin Memorial Prize via the Frances Tustin Memorial belief (2005).
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How it is dealt with seems to affect the development of the whole personality . . which are the basis for states of mind throughout life. She also says (p. 217), The hypothesis that I raise concerns what I call states of consciousness. Since birth, there are fluctuating states of consciousness which are the basis for states of mind throughout life. Some mother and babies maintain themselves in a state of indifference and, in this circumstance, 30 AUTISTIC TRANSFORMATIONS if the separation is too abrupt, this infant will suffer what I have elsewhere called ‘an agony of consciousness’.
In this manner, the latter will not be taken over by other variables, which would render it difficult for the analyst to maintain his observation point. It is necessary for a space to emerge between self and object so that the movements of the analytic pair can occur, fulfilling the role of a psychoanalytic investigation. Under this condition, it is possible to think and to name emotions in the field of emotional experience. This space emanates from a succession of multiple spaces, divisions, separations, and retreats having occurred in both analysts themselves and in their relationship with their analysands.
He arrives for the first session in a very sombre mood. When asked if he knew why his parents had brought him for analysis, he responds seriously, after some hesitation, “It’s because I don’t sleep at night, I’m frightened! ” Mário, aged five, is a plump child, with a bizarre appearance reminding one of a “mega baby”, because, despite being large and relatively mature, he still uses a dummy, which he will not let go of. In his sessions, he often becomes extremely agitated. Whenever he does something that hints at achieving some insight, he suddenly stops and, although we do not know what he thinks, he starts crying and shouting, “I WANT FOOD NOW!