The word rupture is commonly used in everyday language - both in a concrete sense and in a metaphorical sense - to indicate a sudden interruption of continuity, which breaks the in-tegrity of an object or the stability of a bond. The term is frequently encountered in this double meaning also in psychoanalysis, in dialogue with patients. However, in our discipline it does not have a univocal theoretical status. The author explores - starting from the clinical experi-ence - the relationship between the suggestive image of the psychic rapture and the process of inter-personal and intrapsychic separation; it investigates how the defense mechanisms against anxiety can sometimes be used to avoid raptures; or like, other times, the defenses can work right through the raptures of connections. The metaphor of "Raptures" can indeed be a valua-ble indicator of the relationship between the development process and defense mechanisms.
Keywords: Rapture, separation, differentiation, defense mechanisms, splitting