chapter  Chapter Nine
Belonging to a body larger than one’s own: the pair in the group, the organization, and society
WithRichard Morgan-Jones
Pages 27

The body is the collective subjective and the only means to convey collective human experience perceived in a commonly understood way. Wilfred Bion, before his training as a psychoanalyst, had developed a psychoanalytic approach to the work he had been engaging with as a First World war tank commander, an army psychiatrist, an officer selector, director of a therapeutic community, a doctor with an interest in surgery, a group analyst, and an educated and thoughtful citizen with his own historical context. The first is Klein's concept of the combined parental figure, which she drew from her child patients' drawings and play. Bion's method can be described as ecological in the way he construes each object of study within a wider environment. Little has been written about the psychoanalysis of breathing; however, it does suggest a rich avenue for exploring how incorporation and internalization of experience occurs.