Attacks on Linking Revisited
A New Look at Bion’s Classic Work

Paper: 978 1 78220 303 2 / $42.95
Published: July 2017  

Publisher: Karnac Books
224 pp., 6" x 9"
Series: The International Psychoanalytical Association Psychoanalytic Classics Revisited Series
This book provides further contributions from a distinguished group of scholars inspired by Bion's paper Attacks on Linking (1959) and who have focused on different aspects of his propositions.

Contributors: Christine Anzieu-Premmereur, Rachel B. Blass, Ronald Britton, Catalina Bronstein, Elias Mallet da Rocha Barros, Elizabeth Lima da Rocha Barros, Antonino Ferro, Jay Greenberg, Monica Horovitz, Clara Nemas, Edna O'Shaughnessy, Rudi Vermote.

Table of Contents:
IPA Publications Committee
About the Editors and Contributors
Foreword—Jay Greenberg
Introduction—Catalina Bronstein

Original Papers
Attacks on linking—W. R. Bion
Commentary on “Attacks on linking”—W. R. Bion

“Attacks on Linking” Revisited
1) Disconnection: a new look at narcissism—Ronald Britton
2) “Attacks on linking” revisited: clinical material revisited twenty years later—Clara Nemas
3) Bion as a Kleinian: an elaboration of the phantasy of the mind in “Attacks on linking”—Rachel B. Blass
4) The sane and the insane psychotic: “Attacks on linking” revisited from Bion’s later work—Rudi Vermote
5) “Attacks on linking”: the transformation of emotional experiences and its obstacles—Elizabeth Lima da Rocha Barros and Elias Mallet da Rocha Barros
6) Attacks on linking in parents of young disturbed children—Christine Anzieu-Premmereur
7) An interrupted treatment—Monica Horovitz
8) Escaping to Frankenstein—Edna O’Shaughnessy
9) Attacks on linking, or uncontainability of beta elements?—Antonino Ferro


Reviews & Endorsements:
"The idea of revisiting one of W. R. Bion’s most quoted articles after sixty years is as timely as it is necessary, since the world has been shaken by the effects of violence in its diverse forms. This collection of articles, written by established psychoanalysts from around the world, attests to the fact that Bion’s ideas have not ceased to encourage psychoanalysts to delve deeper into clinical practice and to go beyond it – to consider destructiveness and its effects on individual subjects and on our society."
- Virginia Ungar, MD, President of the International Psychoanalytical Association
"Attacks on Linking is a crucial way station in Bion’s oeuvre that can be read as the culmination of his Kleinian contributions to the understanding and treatment of psychosis and primitive mental life or as a key turning point towards his later, original theories regarding projective identification and the intersubjective functioning and development of the primitive mind. This volume brings together an outstanding group of international contributors who explore, contrast and expand upon both perspectives and their clinical implications. In so doing, they offer readers a profound and vital excursion into current Bion scholarship at the frontiers of contemporary psychoanalytic theory and technique."
- Howard B. Levine, MD, co-editor of Unrepresented States and the Construction of Meaning, The W.R. Bion Tradition, Bion in Brazil, and Growth and Turbulence in the Container- Contained