N.19 - Truth and evolution in "O" in Bion's work

Bion the mystic


In order to adequately understand the Bion’s mysticism we need to take in account the “catastrophic event” he meet in his life; as a matter of fact, until the half of the ’70 Bion wrote amply and skilfully about general psychoanalysis, in a frame of reference that could be sed “aristotelic-kantian”, and for the same reason in dealing with groups he took upon himself an evident “military” mindset. In this part of his work nothing is found of a mystical nature. The event that changed the Bion’s life seems to come from his gettino in touch with the Nord-American experience and psychoanalysis: this fact de-stabilized his mindset, and made therefore possible his use of “less scientific” and more un-saturated concepts than those of the more precise and formal earlier writings, showing a moving versus a “platonic-matteblanchian” direction. Since that Bion entered in a phenomenic word that does’not conceil its derivation from the indian culture in which Bion began his life and spent the infancy. Here we find the “mystic” in its proper sense . The assumption of the “sensory O”, of the intuitionistic “non-sensory O”; the functional transformation of the beta elements and of their very nature, moreover the dreaming contact as well as the terror of the meeting with patients: these are aspects of a lay mystic, which by the way corresponds to that take place in the holy mystic. The reference to a clinical case, to the concept of “sur-limation” here considered, and the coincidence of these later Bion’s principles with that of “symmetry” by Matte Blanco do reinforce the concept of a “lay mystic” in this part of Bion’s thought.

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