From Jung to Bion: an infinite bridge


Jung’s thought has underground and profoundly influenced Bion’s work. Ostracized by the mainstream of the more traditional psychoanalytic discourse, the creativity of Jungian research has forcefully re-emerged in Bion’s thought in his revolution of psychoanalytic theory and technique. The Jungian transcendent function, the synergy of conscious and unconscious, has become in Bion’s “binocularity” of the mind: the search for synchronicity between conscious and unconscious processes. Jung’s collective unconscious has merged into the conception of a substantially groupal and intersubjective “protomental”. Jung’s emphasis on waking visions allowed Bion to consider how our mind dreams night and day, both in sleep Read more


Bion’s Journey Between Bodies to Minds


Bion developed many theories in his life, moving from one to another across a number of causurae.  Beginning with a psychological ideas arising during his medical training as a Doctor, and the influence of the surgeon Wilfred Trotter.  Then later influenced by the social approach of John Rickman to the psychology of groups, and subsequently his psychoanalytic training with Melanie Klein, when he reviewed his psychosocial ideas in terms of psychoanalytic concepts.  And finally his concern with how psychoanalysts communicate their Read more