By Wilfred R. Bion
It is a selection of occasional writings by way of Bion, masking a interval among 1958 and 1979, which delve right into a wide selection of fabric - psychoanalysis, technological know-how, arithmetic and common sense, literature and semantics.
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But now I regard him as an ideogram, and this means that some fact has been 'digested' and that the visual image of the negro, which I am now recalling, is a significant element in the process of (the mental counterpart of) digestion. Are 'undigested facts' then used in the process of 'digesting' other facts? Is their 'indigestibility' a quality that renders them useful for this function, as if it were some kind of container for an eroding liquid which must be able itself to resist the erosion by its contents?
The dream-elements in the psychotic dream are really the discarded residue of a-elements that have survived mutilations of a. Thus, in the psychotic we find no capacity for reverie, no a, or a very deficient a, and so none of the capacities-or extremely macilent capacities-which depend on a, namely attention, passing of judgement, memory, and dream-pictures, or pictorial imagery that is capable of yielding associations. But this in turn means that he destroys the capacity for thought which is essential to action in reality and which makes bearable the frustration-an essential concomitant of the interval between a wish and its fulfilment.
E. I unite elements. The patient has in effect said, 'I, unlike you, do not know why .. '. My point is that this statement is a declaration of equality with me; not simply rivalry, but equality of status. 'I unite .. ' is one statement. 'I disunite .. ' is the antiphonal reply. I propose to clarify my point in a series of formulas thus: (1) I unite +-+ I disunite; (2) I synthesize +-+ I analyse; (3) I metabolize +-+ I katabolize; (4) I analyse violently +-+ I split; (5) I synthesize violently +-+ I fuse.
Cogitations by Wilfred R. Bion