Symbiosis & Autonomy

Symbiotic Trauma & Love Beyond Entanglement

Published 2012.


This is the third book by Professor Franz Ruppert to be translated into English. In it he explores the relationship between our symbiotic interconnectedness and our ability to be autonomous in our lives. The relationship between these two aspects of being is absolutely influenced by early attachment trauma, what Ruppert has termed 'symbiotic trauma', the trauma of an infant attempting to connect with a mother who herself is already traumatised.


Additionally Ruppert gives a detailed account of the 'Constellation of the Intention', the process he has devised for working with the psychological splits induced by trauma. This is a particular form of constellation that addresses issues of fragmentation. For those interested in trauma, and understanding how to work with it, this is truly groundbreaking work.


Ruppert's thinking draws on many historical roots, but is even so particularly unique. It takes us outside our normal ways of thinking about trauma, attachment and what it means to be a human being.

"Professor Ruppert continues to astonish with his broad thinking and persistent exploration. Editing this book was a pleasure of discovery and understanding. In time I do believe his work will become part of the mainstream thinking on the topics of trauma and bonding, and the larger fields of what his insights offer to social and global relationship. I remain an avid and dedicated supporter of his work."

Vivian Broughton, Editor, IoPT Practitioner

"Ruppert's concept of Multigenerational Systemic Psycho-Traumatology (MSPT) and his use of the constellations process, through the mediation of the representatives' experiences to support healthy autonomy, are truly groundbreaking.  In addition, his theory of symbiotic trauma is too important to stay solely within the field of constellations. This book will be of crucial interest to anyone working within the field of trauma."

Marta Thorsheim, Oslo, Norway.

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