Book Review: New Books Network - Bion and Being Passion and the Creative Mind

2020 – “’Mystic Intuition and The Language of Dreams.” Bion International Conference, Barcelona, January, 2020. Plenary presentation.

2019 – New Zealand conference, Auckland (upcoming, February, 2019)

2018 – “Dreams as Unconscious Thinking and Feeling: A Clinical Presentation” – Clinical Café, PCC (October, 2018)

2018 – Israel – Tel Aviv University (3 day conference)

2017 – IPTAR (New York) “Ferenczi’s ‘Astra” and Bion’s ‘O’”: A Clinical Perspective on Early Trauma”

Dr. Reiner will be speaking at the Bion Pre-Congress in Ribeirtao Preto in São Paulo, Brazil in September, 2017. The Congress , entitled “A Shared Memoir of the Future” will be held from September 27th through October 2nd. The other participants are Dr. Paulo Cesar Sandler (Brazil) and Dr. Leandro Stitzman (Argentina)

Dr. Reiner will be speaking to the Brazilian Psychoanalytic Society of São Paulo in the city of São Paulo on October 4th through 6th, 2017.

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Of Things Invisible To Mortal Sight:
A Celebration of the Work of
James S. Grotstein

Editor: Annie Reiner
Ph.D., Psy.D., LCSW

(Karnac, 2016)
Dr. James Grotstein was one of the most revered and influential psychoanalysts throughout the world. Analyzed by Bion, he was the foremost Bion scholar whose writings delved deeply into Bion’s most enigmatic concept of ‘O.’ The fourteen authors in this book contributed articles honouring Dr. Grotstein. It also includes the last paper written by Dr. Grotstein just months before his death in 2015.

Dr. Annie Reiner’s book, Bion and Being: Passion and the Creative Mind, examines the most mysterious and revolutionary of Bion’s ideas. With his concept of “O,”  Bion provided a new psychoanalytic space in which to explore the mind. It reflects what is essentially a state of being, of mental presence or existence, which is the basis of thinking and creativity. Because O, unknown and unknowable, cannot be represented in linear rational terms, Dr. Reiner explores the  similarities between this psychoanalytic space and the artist’s creative sensibility, as well as mystical and religious states, in an effort to bring a more experiential emotional understanding to Bion’s theoretical ideas. She uses examples of the works of artists, poets, writers, theologians, and philosophers, including Rilke, Cummings, Dickinson, Shakespeare, and Beckett, as well as the ideas of Nietzsche and the Gnostic Gospels, to illustrate psychoanalytic concepts. Detailed clinical examples help inexploring the obstacles to these states of being, and how to work clinically to develop access to this creative realm of the mind.

"The clinician and the poet come together in this lucid presentation of Bion's central thinking about the nature of Being." (Karnac Books)