Bion Seminars

Instructor: Prof. D. Carveth

Capacity: 15

Course Start Date:06-07-2017

Course End Date:27-07-2017


Goals & Objectives:

1. To compare and contrast the respective group psychologies developed by Freud (1921) and Bion (1959).
2. To survey the development of Bion’s thought especially its relevance for clinical work and the understanding of serious psychopathology.


Date: July 4

1. Freud, S. (1921). Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego. S.E. 18. PEP
2. Bion, W. (1959). Experiences in Groups. New York: Basic Books, 1961. Section “Review and Group Dynamics” only, pp. 141-191. PEP
3. Golding, Wm. (1971). Lord of the Flies. London: Faber & Faber. Online here:


Date: July 11
1. Symingtons (1996). The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion. London: Routledge. Chs. 1-7.
2. Bion, W.R. (1957). Differentiation of the Psychotic from the Non-Psychotic Personalities. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 38:266-275. PEP


Date: July 18

1. Symingtons, Chs. 8-15.
2. Bion, W.R. (1958). On Arrogance. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 39:144-146. PEP
3. Bion, W.R. (1959). Attacks on Linking. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 40:308-315. PEP


Date: July 25

1. Bion, W.R. (1962). The Psycho-Analytic Study of Thinking. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 43:306-310. PEP
2. Aguayo, J. (2014). Bion’s Notes on Memory and Desire – Its Initial Clinical Reception in the United States: A Note on Archival Material. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 95:889-910. IPA Prague Panel Presentation ‘Memory and Desire, Conflict and Pain’ (Formerly: IPA #259). PEP



Bion, W. R. (ed. F. Bion & C. Mawson) (2014). The Complete Works of W R Bion. Karnac.
Bleandonu, G. (1994). Wilfred Bion: His Life and Works, 1897-1979. Guilford Press. Published in England by Free Association Books, 1994.
Carveth, D. (2016). Attacks on Separating: Supplementing Bion’s ‘Attacks on Linking’. Psychoanalytic Discourse/Discours Psychanalytique 2 (May 2016).
Carveth, D. (2017). Bion, Britton and the Neo-Kleinian Model of the Mind: A Dialectical Critique.
Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis (in press). Pdf available on request.
Grinberg, L., D. Sor & E. Tabak De Bianchedi (1993). New Introduction to the Work of Bion, Revised Edition. London: Karnac.