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In this paper the author describes his personal experience of meeting Bion in the rich historical and political context of the late 60s. Bion’s character is represented as a thinker, practitioner and influencer in the Italian psychoanalytic landscape and particularly in group psychotherapy. The first paragraphs describe the state of the art of Italian practice and research in group psychotherapy: the important contribution of SPI – Italian Society of Psychoanalysis – in supporting the birth of the “Italian model” in group psychotherapy and in evolving its own operational concepts – such as the concept of “field” – and in organizing the first Italian SPI congress based on Bion’s figure: the congress had a huge resonance all over Europe and contributed in making know the Italian group psychotherapy.
The last paragraphs focus on the personal experience of the author in meeting and knowing Bion – not only as a psychanalyst, but also as a person – and on how Bion touched and influenced the author’s personal and professional approach.
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