Binocular Vision: An Inquiry into Psychoanalytic Techniques and Field Theory explains field theory from a Bionian perspective, while exploring the relationship between art and psychoanalysis.

Elena Molinari starts from Bion’s double definition to explore the relationship between the conscious and unconscious thought process. She looks at a wide range of specific situations where field theory can be beneficial, from mother-baby therapy with a borderline mother, couple and group therapy, and the relationship of female subjectivity between an analyst and an adolescent analysand. In each situation, Molinari unpicks what Binocular Vision might mean as a transformative process used to explore the primitive parts of the mind. By doing so, she brings the reader back to the earliest developments of the primary relationship between analyst and client, and how this process can unite the psychoanalytic process and the artistic process.

The book has been written for psychotherapists approaching and utilising field theory in child and adult psychoanalysis, and offers vital knowledge to clinicians working with patients in primitive states.

chapter |4 pages


chapter Chapter 1|13 pages

Turning the roles upside down

Can a baby dream the mother's infantile trauma?

chapter Chapter 2|13 pages

Intimacy and autism

An apparent paradox

chapter Chapter 3|19 pages

One child, two parents, a psychoanalyst

In other words – a group

chapter Chapter 4|14 pages

Adolescent feminine subjectivities and the analyst's one

A creative crossing via transitory objects

chapter Chapter 5|11 pages

Recognition takes a long journey

chapter Chapter 6|15 pages

Color field painting

Bion 1 and Rothko 2

chapter Chapter 7|16 pages

L'Origine du monde at the end of analysis

Treating a patient obsessed with pornography

chapter Chapter 8|14 pages

Seeking comfort in an uncomfortable chair

chapter Chapter 9|7 pages

The Art of Fielding

chapter Chapter 11|26 pages

Binocular group vision

A method to explore the less accessible areas of the mind