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28. Does Money-Kyrle’s concept of misconception have any unique descriptive power? (1981)

Donald Meltzer Karnac Books ePub

Written after R. Money-Kyrle’s death in July 1980, this paper deals with aspects of emotioned sympathy and alienation between individuals and demonstrates in a clinical example the use of “misconception”an idea developed by Money-Kyrle in his 1968 paper on “Cognitive Development”as a new conceptual tool This paper has two endings, the second of which was included in the publication of the paper in the Scientific Bulletin of the British Psycho-Analytical Society, as an appreciation of Money-Kyrle’s contribution to psychoanalysis.

With his extraordinary capacity to go directly to the heart of the matter, Roger Money-Kyrle has described the three epochs of psychoanalytic development—his own and the science’s—with these references to the concept of mental illness.

1. 1896-1930: “Mental illness is the result of sexual inhibitions.”

2. 1930-1960 “Mental illness is the result of unconscious moral conflict.”

3. 1960 to the present “The patient, whether clinically ill or not, suffers from unconscious misconceptions and delusions.”

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16 Eduardo (April 1996)

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Carlos Tabbia

E duardo is a 35-year-old engineer, he is single; his father and a brother are engineers too, and his mother is an orthodontist; they are all alive. He is in the fourth year of his analysis, five times a week.

Introductory notes

The material that follows consists of two sessions from a month ago. But first I would like to say something about the patient's present situation, which is probably related to a change of attitude on my part. He is more depressed, and he admits that he doesn't know how to work, that he lacks knowledge as an engineer, and that it never was his chosen profession; sometimes I get the impression that there are suicidal ideas floating about. He has spoken to his father about being disorientated and not knowing what to do about his working life; his father told him to stay close to him and he will teach him how to work. In the associations the father seems to be showing more interest: he asks Eduardo why he doesn't go to work, where he spends his money; he has also enquired about Eduardo's work from the person in charge at the office. But Eduardo works himself into a manic state of excitement; for example, his father has been asked to give a paper at a conference in the university, and Eduardo has offered to write it for him.

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14. The place of aesthetic conflict in the analytic process

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Donald Meltzer

In considering the conflict of emotion aroused by the aesthetic impact of the object, it is necessary to relate this struggle to our exist ing model of the mind in its various dimensions, in the sense of extended metapsychology. Earlier chapters have dealt mainly with the dynamic, economic, genetic and geographical aspects, but aesthetic conflict has an important relation to mental structuring also. Insofar as the conflict over the manifest exterior and the ambiguous interior of the object stirs the epistemophilic instinct, it clearly makes an important— perhaps the major—contribution to the shaping of the place of K in the balance of L, H and K in the knowledge-seeking life of the individual. Melanie Klein and Bion, in particular, have traced the importance of the qualities of the object with regard to the evolution of the superego functions of internal and external objects. The vigilance, intelligence and incorruptibility of these objects are surely the infantile basis of honesty; for long before an ethical preference can be embraced, despair of being able to deceive one’s objects enforces integrity. The policeman at one’s elbow is an essential bar to self-deception; love of the truth comes much later.

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25. The diameter of the circle in Wilfred Bion’s work (1980)

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This paper is based on an observation oJBion at work, both with groups and in his writings between 1967 and 1978. Suggested complementary reading to this paper are The Kleinian Development, Part HI: The Clinical Significance of the WorkofBion” (1978), and Three Lectures on W. R. Bions The Memoir of the Future”*.

I know the argument Is circular. I am depending on the length of the diameter.

Bion, 1963, Elements of Psycho-Analysis

I remember feeling rather furious when I first met this statement, but my conviction of Bion’s seriousness and earnestness rose to defend him and pressed me to think about this seeming throw-away remark. Subsequent seminars with him in the last year of his life gave me an opportunity that I had not enjoyed before to study his method of operation under pressure of the group, both of its admiration and its latent hostility, so reminiscent of the “experienced officer who is afraid neither of the hatred nor of the love of his troops” (Experiences tn Groups, Bion, 1961),

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2 Dolores (May 1993)

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Rosa Castella

Information from the first interview, 15 November 1993

I ' have called this patient "Dolores" because she is full of pains. When she first asked for consultation she explained that she was given my name .by a psychologist Dolores is a brunette of medium height, with a head of medium-length, curly hair. She has the look of a doll, or of a little girl of 2 or 3 years. She comes wearing a short skirt that gives her a very childish look.

D.M.: Does she move like that too?

ROSA: Yes.

She explains that the reason for coming to see me is that she feels constantly anxious and doesn't know what to do to feel better. She is a university graduate and works as a teacher. She says she has a sound theoretical knowledge and can explain things well to her students, but as far as what is inside her that's a different matter.

She teaches half-days; she has a job in a secondary school and also owns a company.

D.M.: So she does three things: teaching, half days at a secondary schopl, and running a company?

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