PDF | On Jan 1, , Marilyn Charles and others published James S. Grotstein: A Beam of Intense Darkness: Wilfred Bion’s Legacy to Psychoanalysis. by James S. Grotstein. INTRODUCTION. Bion, who was to become the awesome explorer of the “deep and formless infinite” of the psyche, first immersed himself. This remembrance lights a candle in honor of James S. Grotstein, MD, who died peacefully on May 30, in his home in Los Angeles.

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It is within us, around us, and beyond us — as well as before us and after us; we temporally proceed from it, through it, and toward it. An introduction to Matte-Blanco’s grotsteih of the Freudian unconscious and his conceptualization of the internal world. The transcendent function and Hegel’s dialectical vision.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Mostly, Bion founded a new mystical science of psychoanalysis, a numinous discipline based on the abandonment of memory, desire, and understanding.

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He described how normal thinking begins as the projective identification by the infant of its “fear of dying” into the mother, whose reverie helps jaes to bear, absorb, and “translate” her infant’s fears into meaning.

Bion contrasted “truth” and its opposite, the lie.

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In the transcendent position, the individual must forsake the presence of the object in order to look inward into his or her own subjectivity. The Grid and the Caesura. We will have grotsteib fresh look at letters and papers written by Winnicott as part of his collaborative, divergent and ultimately creative antagonism with Bion as a member of the London Klein group.


Collected Papers of Donald Meltzer. Strath Tay, Perthshire, Scotland: Bion arrived at this new concept of transformation and evolution in “O,” first by intuiting the existence presence of the absent breast, the “no-thing,” in the clinical situation. A Memorial to Wilfred R. The concept of mysticsm has always been respected in metaphysics.


Because it pertains to transcendence as such, world is a transcendental concept in the strictest sense of the term. The concept was bleached out by the glare of the Enlightenment and dismissed by the certainty and determinism of logical positivism. This paper will be available after March 8th.

Bionwould frequently cite Milton’s phrase, “the deep and formless infinite” in regard to his comments about “O. Joseph Aguayo serves as program moderator.

James S. Grotstein (Author of A Beam of Intense Darkness)

The Mystical Language of Unsaying. However, he was also emphatic that Kleinian and Bionian theory formed the core of his thought and clinical practice, as he expressed in a late work: One must then continue an ontological pilgrimage to the next state, one of solitude with enlightenment and serenity where one is at peace with oneself and with the world, both internal and external.

When persecutory and depressive anxieties subside and yrotstein individual is able to transcend the depressive position, that sense of serenity is experienced that belongs to transformations and evolutions in “O. It is the apotheosis of solitude and the grorstein of serenity.

In this contribution I emphasize my understanding of Bion jamees the intuitionistic epistemologistthe “emotional mathematician” Bion,the ” mystical scientist ” Bion,the intrepid voyager into the deep and formless infinite, “O. The Interpretation of Dreams.

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Please try your request again later. The man, jqmes psychoanalyst, the mystic. All My Sins Remembered: The ego, in seeking to disguise, repress, or alter the unconscious, becomes disingenuous and dissembles the truth. The Kabbalah and Its Symbolism.


The lie -Kin Bion’s thinking, is a negative faith that replaces the faith that either never appeared sufficiently or which defaulted because of the loss of innocence. He could only intuitively anticipate this thought without a thinker. In private practice for well over 50 years, Grotstein took a particular interest in the treatment of borderline and narcissistic disorders, and his writing often focuses on theoretical and clinical questions around these complex and challenging illnesses.

When he spoke of “making the best of a bad deal,” we perhaps begin to realize that, in his attempted rehabilitation from that ultimate trauma, he was trying to put his agony, surrender, and reconciliation to optimum use — to experience hope under the foreboding shadow of intimidating dread and demonstrate to us how to use our sublimated agony as an analytic instrument. We unconsciously stamp it with the imprimatur of our personalness autochthonythat is, we allow ourselves to “create” it imaginatively before “discovering” it and then allow it to be internalized and enter into the digestive alchemy of transformation.

K nowledge is the attribute of the depressive position, but K, too, is the consequence of the sense impressions. He went on to be both supervised and analysed by him.