This book aims at providing further contributions inspired by Bion’s paper Attacks on Linking () by a distinguinshed group of scholars who have focused on. Editor’s Note: This paper was originally published in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 40 (), pp. – The body of the text begins with Bion’s papers, Attacks on Linking, and Commentary on ‘Attacks on Linking’, on which the original chapters to.

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Ships from and sold by Amazon. She lectures in Britain and abroad, and has written numerous papers, chapters in books and monographs on a wide variety of topics. In other words, there is a continuum of psychopathological reactions of undifferentiation and disintegration ranging from the mild neuroticto the moderate borderline and narcissistic to the severe psychotic.

However creative and life-enhancing transference may be at times, it is, after all, a form of linking that often involves distortion of neurotic and psychotic proportions. Without lapsing into any biological or even psychological essentialism, Gilligan pointed to a general tendency for women to be linkers and for men to be separators, while acknowledging there are many exceptions to this rule.


He provides various clinical illustrations of these phenomena. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: In marked contrast to the Bionian stress on the role of linking in human mentation, Laing envisions the mind as a process of de-linking or differentiating: Bion Tradition, Bion in Brazil, and Growth and Turbulence in the Container- Contained “The ideas developed in Attacks on Linking have broadened the understanding of the processes of symbolisation and the analytic treatment of difficult patients.

Faced with a threat of abandonment one may attacjs to link; faced with a threat of impingement or engulfment one may seek to de-link, differentiate, separate and individuate.

Be the first add your own review for this title. In so doing, they offer readers a profound and vital excursion into current Bion scholarship at the frontiers of contemporary psychoanalytic theory and technique. It is perhaps at least partly in this bias of the Freudian tradition toward Eros only partially corrected in with the introduction of the final dual drive theory that the explanation lies for its relative failure to recognise the importance of i. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

Object Relations and the Psychoanalytic Dialogue. Linkig despite its patriarchalism in other respects, it seems apparent that the bias of the “linkers,” those predisposed to privilege similarity over difference, finds expression in the classical theory of the infantile danger situations, a theory that in focusing upon loss of the object, its love, the phallus, superego approval implicitly downplays those dangers having more to do with the object’s overwhelming or malevolent presence than with liinking absence.


This is because valid knowledge and proper mental functioning requires us to attend to both similarities and differences, to appreciate both links and distinctions or boundaries. More titles by Edna O’Shaughnessy. Attacks on linking are destructive attacks from the psychotic part of the personality directed against all links between objects. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Wilfred Bion’s notion of linkin on linking” was first expounded in “Attacks on Linking” as part of his innovative work on psychosis. English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.


Share your thoughts with other customers. The Freudian myth of man’s eternal longing to “refind” Freud,the lost object of primary identification and re-establish the oceanic bliss or Nirvana of attaccks narcissism Freud,; Grunberger, is only half the story: I pointed out that although any two objects are inevitably similar in some respects while being different in others, some people, the linkersare inclined to repress difference, while others, the splitters, are inclined to repress similarity.

At the same time, it seems important to recognise PS and D, primary and secondary processes, as the terminal poles respectively on a continuum, aftacks “intermediate area” of which may be viewed, following Winnicottas a “transitional process.

Attacks on linking manifest themselves in the attempted destruction of the inner mental functioning of patient and analyst, and on the verbal and nonverbal communication which is the link between them. Without implying that in focusing upon attacks on linking Bion intended to deny or was oblivious to attacks on separating, I feel it is worth emphasizing that it is a mistake to linkung psychopathology exclusively with the former, that is, with the totalization of difference de-linking that results in the antitheses that constitute splitting, for psychopathology equally results from attacks on separating, the totalization of similarity ,inking that result in the absolute identifications that constitute various states of psychological merger.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. In bringing to light the repressed “bisexuality” upon which the fictions or tropes that constitute our gender identities are founded, psychoanalysis reveals the constructed, dramatic and imaginal quality of human identity the “ego” or “self” as such.

But while the fundamental anxieties motivate the various concretized associations, fixed ideas and black and white thinking—the psychic rigidification or mental totalitarianism—that serve to defend against them, they do not merely give rise to defensive reification but are themselves manifestations of it.

The tendency for one or another image of absolute similarity or difference to hold us captive arises either from genuine ignorance of other possibilities or from a defence against the affects of anxiety and depression associated with the full range of infantile danger situations.


It is therefore no surprise that Freudian theory is thoroughly dialectical. Conversely, it is not simply that in the primary process metaphors are literalised such that analogies are reduced to identities, but also that contrasts based on recognition of relative differences are totalized into antitheses, binary oppositions, or atracks ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

This bias is likely motivated by unconscious fears of object loss, loss of love, castration, and superego condemnation, each of which in turn may threaten loss of self-cohesion. Differentiation of the Psychotic from the Non-Psychotic Personalities. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis Primary process mentation is characterised as much by absolute identity as by absolute difference or antithesis. An absence is not the same thing as a conflicting or contradictory presence.

Psychoanalytic Essaystrans. This volume brings together an outstanding group of international contributors who explore, contrast and expand upon both perspectives and their clinical implications.

And despite their matriarchalism in other respects, in the work of theorists such as Klein, Winnicott and Mahler, the Freudian bias toward Eros a reflection of Freud’s idealised image of the mother-infant relation is balanced to some extent by insight into wishes to destroy links, resist impingement, separate, individuate and guard autonomy, wishes associated with Thanatos understood as the psychic desire to separate in the service of independence or self-cohesion, whether this aim leads in the direction of literal life or death.

These biases are reflected in psychoanalytic theory itself: Moreover, since there is a deficiency of curiosity in his psyche, any development which depends on enquiry is impossible, and the links in his mind remain perverse, cruel, and sterile.

Attacks on Linking Revisited: A New Look at Bion’s Classic Work by Catalina Bronstein

Hillman’s conclusion that “Analysis cannot constitute this cure until it, too, is no longer masculine in psychology” p. She works as a child, adolescent and adult psychoanalyst in private practice and also at the Brent Adolescent Centre.

It is also an elaboration of Klein’s concept of splitting.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In returning to “life” they at the same time liberate us from the “deadly” serious, primary process world of psychotic incorporation and polarization, fusion and defusion. Sign up to our postal mailing list.