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Int J Psychoanal. 2013 Aug;94(4):645-65. doi: 10.1111/1745-8315.12109.

Bion and Tustin: the autistic phenomena.

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Rua João Moura 647, cj 34, São Paulo, Brazil. celiafix@uol.com.br

Abstract

This article examines the implications of the proposal of autistic transformations within the general context of Bion's theory of Transformations. The aim is to confirm the coherence of this proposal of autistic transformations within the overall structure of Bion's theory of Transformations. She examines the relation between emotional links and their negatives, particularly -K. She questions in which of the dimensions of the mind the autistic phenomena are located, the relation between autistic phenomena and beta elements, and where to place them in the Grid. The author tries to form metapsychological support for the incorporation of the autistic area in Bion's theory of Transformations. She argues that, despite the incongruence and imprecision of this incorporation, such autistic phenomena cannot be excluded from the complexus of the human mind and should therefore be accounted for in Bion's transformations. She discusses the idea that the theory of transformations includes the field of the neurosis and psychosis and deals with emotions, whereas the autistic area is dominated by sensations. The author asks how to add the autistic area to Bion's theory. Clinical material of a child for whom the non-psychotic part of the personality predominates and who presents autistic nuclei provides material for the discussion.

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Bion's theory; autistic phenomena; autistic transformations; beta elements; emotional links; exist and not exist

PMID:
23924328
DOI:
10.1111/1745-8315.12109
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