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Bion's Cogitations are the notes he wrote between 1958 and the year of his death in 1979. The first notes in 1958 are written at the time of his mutative discovery of the container/contained relationship and of his laying the ground for his own independent investigation of psychoanalysis.  Over the following roughly twenty years we get access to the questions he was asking clinically as well as theoretically - and to his dry humour! Reading his 'cogitations' is a way into the whole of his work.  

Author of Bion 365 Quotes (Routledge 2019) Nicola Abel-Hirsch is a training and supervising analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She has given clinical and theoretical papers and seminars on Bion in the UK; Taiwan (annually 2005-2012); the USA, and Europe. From 2013–2015 she was the visiting professor at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. Her publications include Eros (2001); ’The Life Instinct’ Int. J. Psycho-Anal. (2010); ‘A Note and a Short Story’ in The Bion Tradition (2015); Bion, Alpha-Function and the Unconscious Mind. Brit. J. Psychother. (2016)’The Devil is in the Detail’ in The Melanie Klein Tradition (2017), and ‘How Bion’s work on thinking throws light on the development of sexuality’ Psychoanalytic Inquiry (2018). She is the editor of Hanna Segal’s last book Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (2007). She works in full-time psychoanalytical practice in North London.​


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