By Wilfred R. Bion
All My Sins Remembered is the continuation of Wilfred Bion's autobiography, The lengthy Week-end. even though it is in no way an entire account of his 30 years following the 1st global War--and he wrote no more--his thoughts of that interval distinction vividly with the influence we achieve of the next thirty years of his existence via his letters. "The different facet of Genius" supplies us a glimpse of this striking guy as his kin knew him: those that met him simply via his expert paintings will locate the following a similar attribute threads of humour, drawback for fact, and flashes of perception that have been the hallmark of his paintings in psycho-analysis.
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The sum of El00 was truly temfymg to me in my parlous state; in contrast to my finances, the acquisition of a fund of failure seemed to be inexhaustible. So I stopped my attempts to be cured. In this context it was very comforting to be offered a chance of curing an adolescent boy, the son of an army General, by using the same methods as had been-so far-unable to achieve the anticipated cure. Who anticipated it-you or your analyst? I don’t know how much I believed it. I had half believed the surgeon‘s story that my torn cartilege would be fit for the Varsity Match.
His was in fact a regiment in which the privates were mostly men of good education and I had reported to Willis that I saw no reason for not leaving good alone. Not so Hobart. “What? ”he bristled. The mere fact that I had reported so favourably aroused his suspicions. It was clear that he had anything but a favourable impression of his Division. I could see that though I might not recommend transfers, there was no difficulty about finding someone who wanted me transferred. The infantry battalion had far the best results and for once 1 thought the tests did not conflict with the impression that I received in interview.
Their love of fighting for their country? Love of the privileged darlings of Oxford? Or love of the Military Training Wing? Perhaps I should find out. But this is thirty-five years later and all I have acquired are a few more questions. ' Job was a sarcastic old devil; no wonder he was never popular. 56 ANOTHER PART OF A LIFE I was impressed by the chart-the number of facilities, the actual administrative feat of time-tabling. I wondered just how effective these therapeutic activites were. It seemed late to be arranging these facilities after war had broken out and the men who were supposed to be fighting it had, supposedly, 'broken down'.
All My Sins Remembered: Another Part of a Life and the Other Side of Genius - Family Letters by Wilfred R. Bion