The consciousness of those repetitively traumatised is disintegrated in a subtle way. Adequate treatment of their condition is directed towards potentiating continuity and coherence in their ongoing psychic life. William James was the first to suggest how this might be done, through relationship.
James pioneered a view that the warp and woof of human existing is created through the interweaving of two kinds of experiential thread. Their connections are relational and different. They have their own feeling attributes. James called their characteristic forms “concatenated” and “through-and-through “. The latter is, in a technical sense, intimate. It may evoke a sense of the “beyond “, which can be seen as the first form of the sense of the spirit. An example is given.