N.20 - Thinkable and unthinkable in some Bion's concepts

The grid of psychoanalytic elements and myth as a model of analytic experience

Abstract

In order to allow the base of scientific psychoanalytic theory and the thoughts of the analyst to correspond, Bion proposes the Grid of psychoanaltical elements as a useful tool to represent the positions that the mind of the analyst may adopt during the analysis session, to predispose himself to listening and shared knowledge. The Grid provides an opportunity of factual recognition and tolerance to the transformation of thoughts, in order to resonate with the O elements that have emerged during the session. Myth, occupying a specific position in the C row of the Grid’s genetic axis, constitutes an example of it and configures itself as a model that can be used to enlighten unconscious aspects that would otherwise remain incomprehensible.

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