It takes two to tango : on empathy with fragile processesIt takes two to tango : on empathy with fragile processes
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
2004Washington, DC, 2004
Psychotherapy: theory, research, practice, training. - Washington, DC
41(2004):2, p. 112-124
This article elaborates on the problematic manner of experiencing and relating called fragile process. This fragile process, which is central with clients with borderline and narcissistic personality disorders, is described from a client-centered/experiential theoretical point of view. From this line of approach, psychoanalytic views that make understandable how clients developed such a fragile style of processing are examined. D. N. Stern's (1985) view on the development of the sense of self and the interpersonal world of the infant is referred to in order to further differentiate the fragile process and to offer speculations as to the fragile process's developmental roots. Finally, empathic ways of intervening that are likely to be helpful with different kinds of fragile processes are discussed.