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Revista Brasileira de Psicanálise

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SALVITTI, Adriana  and  PIRES, Luciana. Bion and Winnicott: an a posteriori dialogue. Rev. bras. psicanál [online]. 2019, vol.53, n.2, pp. 193-208. ISSN 0486-641X.

A letter from Winnicott to Bion from 1955 is considered, in order to put the authors in conversation on two topics that were raised by Winnicott. The first topic is the criticism of the effects of Kleinian theory on psychoanalysts, and the second is the role of the environment and interpretation in working with psychotic patients. Though they are distinct, the two topics have an aspect in common: the problem of communication, both within the analytic setting and during the transmission of psychoanalytic theories. By intertwining of texts by Bion and Winnicott, we consider the context in which the 1955 letter was written and discuss the role that psychoanalytic groups have in the transmission of psychoanalysis, as well as their effect in psychoanalytic training. Similarly, we evidence how Bion and Winnicott could have debated the issue of analyzing psychotic patients, in the 1950s. There is no known replay made by Bion to Winnicott, and they hardly mention each other in their respective works. However, our reading renders a possibility to think how they might have responded to each other's ideas.

Keywords : psychoanalytic training; Kleinian theory; group; projective identification; psychosis; interpretation.

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