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.
“My name is João Paulo Ayub, and I come to this place after a series of encounters and happenings which were deeply meaningful and tranformative. After a short period of studies and research in the social sciences, at the UFMG (Federal University of Minas Gerais), in Belo Horizonte, I was in Campinas in order to write my doctorate thesis on Graciliano Ramos’s work under professor Amnéris Maroni’s counselling. It has been a decisive encounter with Amnéris, Ramos’s literature, and the stimulating universe of psychoanalysis. During Maroni’s academic guidance, I was introduced to Bollas’s concept of “personal idiom”. This new open door–truely world aesthetics–brought me to this new and inspiring road: Porque Bollas!”