Containing States of Mind: Exploring Bion's 'Container by Duncan Cartwright

By Duncan Cartwright

Wilfred Bion’s insights into the analytic technique have had a profound impression on how psychoanalysts and psychotherapists comprehend emotional switch and pathological psychological states. one among his such a lot influential rules issues the idea that we'd like the minds of others to improve our personal emotional and cognitive capacities.



In Containing States of Mind Duncan Cartwright explores and develops the various implications that Bion’s box version has on scientific perform. He argues that the analyst or therapist most sensible fulfils a containing functionality by means of negotiating irreconcilable inner tensions among his function as ‘dream item’ and ‘proper object’. The box version can also be used to demonstrate diversified ‘modes of interplay’ within the analytic box, the character of specific pathological states and a few of the most important dilemmas confronted in trying to make insufferable psychological states extra bearable.



As good as addressing key theoretical difficulties, Containing States of Mind is a medical textual content that renders advanced principles available and precious for psychotherapeutic and analytic perform and as such might be crucial studying for all these enthusiastic about the fields of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.


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