“There has never been a better time in our history to address ruptures and repairs in group work.”*

*from: Ruptures and Repairs in Group Psychotherapy: From Theory to Practice (2021), by CHERI L. MARMAROSH, PH.D., FAGPA

From A Hermeneutic Literature Review (2021), by Kirsten Wong: “Safran and Muran (2000) highlighted the continuous process of an intersubjective to- ing and fro-ing between therapist and client. This involves moments where the quality of the therapeutic relationship increases in tension and/or deteriorates, known as ruptures, and moments where this tension is focused on to be resolved, known as repairs (Eubanks-Carter et al., 2015).”

Online Etymology: “rupture (n.): late 14c., in medicine, “act of bursting or breaking,” in reference to a vessel, etc. of the body, from Old French rupture and directly from Latin ruptura “the breaking (of a vein), fracture (of an arm or leg),” from past-participle stem of rumpere “to break” (from PIE root *runp– “to break;” see corrupt (adj.)).
Specifically as “abdominal hernia” from early 15c. The sense of “breach of friendly relations or concord” is by 1580s; the general sense of “act or fact of breaking or bursting” is by 1640s. Rupturewort (1590s) was held to be efficacious in treating hernias, etc.

repair (v.1): “to mend, put back in order, restore to a sound, good, or complete condition,” mid-14c., reparen, from Old French reparer “repair, mend” (12c.) and directly from Latin reparare “restore, put back in order,” from re– “again” (see re-) + parare “make ready, prepare” (from PIE root *pere– (1) “to produce, procure”).
The sense of “make amends for injury by an equivalent, make good” is by 1560s. Related: Repaired; repairing.

repair (n.1): c. 1400, repaire, “maintenance, restoration;” 1590s, “act of restoring, restoration to a sound or good state after decay,” from repair (v.1). Meaning “state or condition in respect to reparation” is from c. 1600, especially “good or sound condition kept up by repairing as needed.” Repair-shop attested by 1877

From: The Shrimp and the Anemone (1944), by L.P. Hartley:

“The situation had been critical when Eustace, prospecting for further sources of supply, came upon the anemone on the rock; while he delayed, the pond burst, making a rent a yard wide and leaving a most imposing delta sketched with great ruinous curves in low relief upon the sand. The pond was empty and all the imprisoned water had made its way to the sea. Eustace secretly admired the out-rush of sand and was mentally transforming it into the Nile estuary at the moment when Hilda stuck her spade into it. Together they repaired the damage and with it the lesion in their affections; a glow of reconciliation pervaded them, increasing with each spadeful. Soon the bank was as strong as before. But you could not help seeing there had been a catastrophe, for the spick-and-span insertion proclaimed its freshness, like a patch in an old suit. And for all their assiduous dredging of the channels the new supplies came down from the pools above in the thinnest trickle, hardly covering the bottom and leaving bare a number of small stones which at high water were decently submerged. They had no function except by the order of their disappearance to measure the depth of the pond; now they stood out, emblems of failure, noticeable for the first time, like a handful of conventional remarks exchanged between old friends when the life has gone out of their relationship.”

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