Mirroring and Attunement offers a new approach to psychoanalysis, artistic creation and religion. Viewing these activities from a broadly relational perspective, Wright proposes that each provides a medium for creative dialogue: the artist discovers himself within his self-created forms, the religious person through an internal dialogue with ‘God’, and the analysand through the inter-subjective medium of the analysis.

Building on the work of Winnicott, Stern and Langer, the author argues that each activity is rooted in the infant’s preverbal relationship with the mother who ‘holds’ the emerging self in an ambience of mirroring forms, thereby providing a ‘place’ for the self to ‘be’. He suggests that the need for subjective reflection persists throughout the life cycle and that psychoanalysis, artistic creation and religion can be seen as cultural attempts to provide the self with resonant containment. They thus provide renewed opportunities for holding and emotional growth.

Mirroring and Attunement will provide essential reading for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, and art therapists and be of interest to anyone working at the interface between psychoanalysis, art and religion.


chapter |14 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

On being in touch

chapter 2|12 pages

The poetics of interpretation

chapter 3|16 pages

Deep calling unto deep

chapter 4|18 pages

Making experience sing

chapter 5|14 pages

Bion and beyond

chapter 6|18 pages

Words, things and Wittgenstein

chapter 7|17 pages

Shaping the inarticulate

chapter 8|19 pages

Embodied language

chapter 9|15 pages

The search for form

chapter 10|17 pages

The intuition of the sacred

chapter 11|13 pages

Recognition and relatedness

chapter 12|7 pages

The silver mirror