Source: Wilkinson on Microfractures in Communication, Rupture, Repair, and Reconciliation

“Ferro suggests that microfractures in communication between patient and analyst are vital because they allow the transference to become ‘the engine of analysis, by contributing raw material from the patient’s internal world and history’. He argues that it is essential that the analyst’s mind has a ‘semi-permeable quality, so that it can receive without being – excessively – invaded’. (Ferro, A., 2005 Seeds of Illness, Seeds of Recovery: The genesis of suffering and the role of psychoanalysis, 2005: 34.)” page 89.

“Bromberg suggests that one aim of analytic work is to allow such patients to ‘experience a spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings as safe rather than fearsome and shame ridden’ (Bromberg 2003: 708)” …what is needed in order to do this is ‘a “safe-enough” interpersonal environment’….Ehrlich …suggests that yesterday’s danger zone may become today’s sphere of creative innovation; indeed it may be so with the consulting-room and the analytic dyad, but not without the capacity for repair and for reconciliation. It is often just that experience of rupture, repair and reconciliation that builds new confidence in the relationship and that enables our dissociative patients gradually to drop the defence that, although originally life-saving, has become life-denying.” page 113.

Wilkinson, Margaret, from COMING INTO MIND – The mind-brain relationship: a Jungian clinical perspective.

2 Comments on “Source: Wilkinson on Microfractures in Communication, Rupture, Repair, and Reconciliation”


  1. […] is shown to us. What is being shown at some level can be thought of as an out-picturing of “raw material from the patient’s internal world and history.” As compromise formations, these spontaneously expressed offerings can become the engine of […]


  2. […] “… microfractures in communication between patient and analyst are vital because they allow the transference to become ‘the engine of analysis, by contributing raw material from the patient’s internal world and history’.” See  Wilkinson on Microfractures […]


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