We Can Work it Out: The Importance of Rupture and Repair Processes in Infancy and Adult Life for Flourishing

Health Care Analysis 24 (2):119-132 (2016)


This paper argues that insights into infant emotional development, particularly the capacity to engage with rupture and repair, can be applied to the understanding and promotion of flourishing in later life, individually and socially. Starting with the Queen’s visit to the Republic of Ireland as an example of successful social repair after rupture that enables flourishing, the paper goes on to outline some relevant psychological theory that undergirds this. It then considers some of the practical relevance and problems that apply to rupture and repair in the contemporary world, particularly the world of health care, Amidst the inevitable messiness of life, flourishing and growth can only be achieved with the kind of flexibility implied by creating repair in the face of rupture.

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