My name is Amnéris Maroni. I come from the Social Sciences, but since long ago I have been interested in Psychoanalysis. Why Christopher Bollas? I used to have an analyst, Dr. Antônio Muniz Rezende, who would tell me: “Amnéris, those who call themselves Bionians, Winnicottians, Jungians, Lacanians, they’re just asserting that they only know how to think in a certain way, and that isn’t an advantage at all“. I agree with Dr. Muniz de Rezende. “To think on a single direction” isn’t advantageous for any analyst, and it also isn’t advantageous for the analysant. Christopher Bollas thinks so, and he summons us up to study the main psychoanalytical schools — the main texts by D. Winnicott, M. Klein, W.R. Bion, J. Lacan, etc., and their commentators — and, after been equipped with all those thoughts. Such thoughts must be put aside as one steps in the clinic, because over there we have a place for thinking — not a place for ”applying theories”, which fatally impose themselves on us, when our intellectual background derives from a single school, no matter what school it is.
In several books and interviews, Bollas criticizes the “pure mind”, the “uncontaminated mind” (pride of many analysts) he considers it to be a fascist mind. He also considers as fascist the fights among the psychoanalytical schools for, when a psychoanalyst picks up one school, he feels an urge to assail all the others.
Many other reasons drove me to study Christopher Bollas, but the ones brought up above are those more important.
My names is Maria Vera Lúcia Barbosa (Vera Barbosa). I’m a psychoanalyst and psychologist .
Bollas thinks that the subject has a personal idiom. In his book Being a character, he says that the personal idiom isn’t formed by contents of latent meaning, but it is a sort of personal aesthetics. When a subject finds an object it unfolds and transforms itself, this makes possible the engendering of a more meaningful experience. This is what happened with me when I found his theory. I think that it’s important to study and share Bollas because I saw my personal and analytic experience be explicited and enriched. Furthermore, to study Bollas together with Amnéris, great scholar who investigates his work, is another aesthetic encounter. The discovery of his metapsychology was an aesthetic experience which captured me in a processo of total and constant transformation.