N.3 - Bion and Foulkes

Bion and Foulkes, a mythological encounter, only, but it is already enogh

Abstract

We can affirm that Bion’s summit and his impact on dialectics between alfa and beta elements constitute the most authentic and complete theory of Foulkes’ summit: the group-analytical theory that a number of people have blamed him for not being able to or not knowing how to elaborate. Which certainly doesn’t mean that psychoanalysis and group-analysis should coincide; rather, it means that the “group dynamics” described by Bion are part of the latter, to belong to its basic matrix, and that Bionian analysis, in the depth of the psychoanalytic process, can be seen as the necessary component for the “symbioticî encounter “between Bion’s and Foulkes’ thoughts. In any case, we are talking about an encounter built on “myth”.

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