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    Bion’s Discovery of Alpha Function: Changes in Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique

    Free For Members & NYPSI Students

    Tuesday, December 8, 2015
    8:00 PM

    "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.

    $10 - General Admission

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    Lawrence J. Brown, Ph.D. is a graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute (BPSI) in both Child and Adult Psychoanalysis and a supervising child analyst there. He is also on the faculty of BPSI and the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Brown has served on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalytic Quarterly. He is a founding member of the Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies and was Co-Chair of the Bion in Boston International Conference held in 2009. Dr. Brown has three published books, including Intersubjective Processes and the Unconscious: An Integration of Freudian, Kleinian and Bionian Perspectives, (Routledge, 2011). He also has another book in progress, Contemporary Psychoanalysis: The Theory and Technique of Transformations, to be published by IPA Publications and Karnac. He is the author of many papers covering such topics as countertransference, trauma, the Oedipus complex, the capacity for humor in Asperger’s children, and the analytic setting.

    Irene Cairo, M.D. received her medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a graduate and member of the Faculty at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and a Training and Supervising Analyst and member of the Faculty of the Contemporary Freudian Society. Since 1994, Dr. Cairo has co-chaired with Dr. Rogelio Sosnik a discussion group on the work of Wilfred Bion at the biannual meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association where she is currently a member of the Program Committee. She has participated in many meetings devoted to Bion both regionally and throughout the world. Dr. Cairo is currently North American Chair of the Ethics Committee of the International Psychoanalytic Association. She is the author of numerous papers, with "My colleague, that Other" in Psychoanalytic Dialogues being her personal favorite. She is in private practice in New York.

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