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Splits in the Soul: Integrating Traumatic Experiences
Franz Ruppert
Green Balloon Publishing / Softcover / 2011-02-01 / 0955968321
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284 pages
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Splits in the Soul is the second book by Professor Franz Ruppert in English translation and continues his exploration of the impact of trauma across generations. Here he deepens his understanding of the process and function of psychological splitting as a natural response to traumatic events, exploring in detail the results such survival strategies have on the traumatised person and those with whom they are in close contact. His contention is that it is only by understanding in detail the processes involved, and developing an ability to recognise trauma, survival strategies and the healthy aspects of our clients, that we can successfully work with trauma as a personal experience, and as an inheritance from our family system.

There are detailed examples of case studies illustrating the process of the disintegration of the survival psychological structure and the subsequent integration of the fragmentation.

In addition Ruppert gives a very useful account of his thinking about the methodology of Constellations as a means of achieving understanding and integration.

“Having studied with Professor Ruppert for the last five years I can strongly recommend this second contribution to the field of trauma work with constellations translated into English. His contribution to the field of trauma work generally, with his understanding of the processes of trauma as they play out across the generations and the resulting, often severe, psychological difficulties in the present, is important in itself – psychotherapy generally having taken the view that people are only affected by trauma that happens to them personally.

However he also continues to make a crucial contribution to the development of the work of constellations by including in this book a detailed report of a survey conducted into the methodology of constellations.” ~ Vivian Broughton, author of In The Presence of Many: Reflections on Constellations Emphasising the Individual Context.


1. Deep Rifts and Small Wounds

2. The ‘Soul’

3. The Theory and Terminology of Splits
3.1 Schizophrenic, Ambivalent, Torn, Blocked
3.2 Splitting and Dissociation
3.3 Theoretical Approaches to the ‘multiple person’

4. Trauma and splitting
4.1 Dissociation in Difficult Life Situations
4.2 Dissociation and Stress
4.3 Traumatic Emergency Reactions
4.4 Split Up and Split Off
4.5 Healthy Parts
4.6 Traumatised Parts
4.7 Survival Parts
4.8 Multiple Splits
4.9 Extreme Polarisations
4.10 Stability and Balance
4.11 Physical Foundations for Splits

5. Types of Trauma
5.1 Existential Trauma
5.2 Trauma of Loss
5.3 Bonding Trauma
5.4 Bonding System Trauma

6. Splits and Entanglements
6.1 Unhealthy Symbiosis
6.2 Childhood Dependence Patterns
6.3 Carrying Parental Splits
6.4 Entangled Relationships in Couples
6.5 Entanglements in Psychotherapy
6.6 Entanglements in Social Work
6.7 Delusional Entanglements

7. Living in Survival Mode
7.1 Actionism
7.2 Suppressing Symptoms
7.3 Eliminating Illness

8. Inner Healing
8.1 Recognising Splits
8.2 Understanding Split-off Elements
8.3 Understanding the Structure of the Parts
8.4 Reconstructing Reality
8.5 Understanding the Survival Parts in Therapy
8.6 Liberation of the Traumatised Part
8.7 Solutions to the Four Types of Trauma
8.8 Liberation from Childhood Dependence
8.9 Fusion or Side by Side?
8.10 Living Instead of Surviving

9. The Therapeutic Use of Constellations
9.1 From Family Constellations to Trauma Constellations
9.2 The Complexity of Constellations
9.3 Trauma Constellations in Practice
9.4 Methodological Aspects of the Constellations
9.5 Mirror Neurons
9.6 Mirror-Resonance Phenomena

10. Research on the Constellation method
10.1 Research Issues
10.2 Random Sample and Implementation of the Survey
10.3 How Clients Experience Constellations
10.4 How Reliably can Representatives Mirror Things?
10.5 New Information from Constellations10.6 Conclusion and Discussion

11. Looking Ahead


About the Author:

Franz Ruppert is Professor of Psychology at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, a post he has held since 1992. He gained his PhD in Work and Organisational Psychology at the Technical University of Munich in 1985.

Since 1995 he has focused on psychotherapeutic work and specifically on the causes of psychosis, schizophrenia and other forms of severe mental illness. He has combined with this his interest in bonding and attachment theories and modern trauma work in order to understand better the effect of traumatic events, not just for those who suffer the event, but on whole bonding systems such as families.

He came into contact with the Systemic constellations work of Bert Hellinger in Germany in the mid-'90s and since then has utilised this methodology in order to work with clients and understand the subtle and hidden dynamics of trauma in systems.

Franz Ruppert teaches trauma theory at the University of Applied Sciences, works with individuals and facilitates workshops in Germany and many other countries including the UK.

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