December 8, 2016
"Bion’s Discovery of Alpha Function:
Changes in Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique"
with Lawrence J. Brown, Ph.D.
Discussant: Irene Cairo, M.D.
This paper explores the various trends in Bion’s personal and psychoanalytic experiences that contributed to the discovery of alpha function formulated during an especially fertile period of approximately two years from 1958 through 1960. Particular attention is paid to Bion’s World War I experiences as a central factor. Dr. Brown traces how Bion came to formulate alpha function, which Brown considers “the ego psychology of Wilfred Bion.” A case vignette from the analysis of an older adolescent is offered to demonstrate the clinical implications of this new model of the mind.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium