By Martha Stark
"Martha Stark's primer on resistance is a different booklet. It takes because the middle of the scientific challenge the patient's reluctance to alter, that ubiquitous and paradoxical phenomenon of our paintings during which humans come to us inquiring for assist in altering, after which do their point top to maintain switch from happening...
This is a piece that's without delay a pragmatic advisor and a theoretical journey de strength. Readers who trip during this narrow quantity with Dr. Stark will go back from their travels to their perform a lot trained, having encountered new rules and previous ones in new types, greater in a position to face the standard travails of psychotherapy."
–David E. Scharff, M.D.
"Every so frequently a ebook emerges from the enormous sea of analytic writings that startles in its creativity and value. A Primer on operating with Resistance is simply this sort of publication.
Dr. Stark is as transparent as a bell. She manages advanced theoretical thoughts with sophistication and nice sensitivity for the fabric. for instance, the differences she makes among convergent and divergent clash, or among phantasm and distortion, are based. The query and resolution structure of the booklet is comforting for the newbie, and a satisfaction for the more matured reader as well."
–Anne Alonso, Ph.D., Harvard clinical tuition
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The net result is conflict, variously described as neurotic, intrapsychic, or structural. HOW MIGHT WE OPERATIONALIZE THE CONCEPT OF CONFLICT? " For example, there is always tension within the patient between his recognition that it is up to him to take responsibility for his life (which speaks to his healthy wish to get better) and his conviction that it should not have to be his responsibility (which speaks to his unhealthy need to preserve things as they are). There is always tension within the patient between his healthy investment in changing and his unhealthy reluctance to let go of his old ways of doing things.
To subsequent relationships, including, of course, the relationship with his therapist, the person brings both his wish for the good parent he never had and his fear that he will instead encounter the bad parent he did have. 16 A PRIMER ON WORKING WITH RESISTANCE What about the nontoxic realities? Ultimately the therapist is neither as good as the patient had hoped nor as bad as the patient had feared; but the patient does not want to accept the truth of that. And so he clings to his unrealistically positive misperceptions of the therapist- his illusions- in order not to have to face the pain of his disillusionment.
And from this it follows that the patient's resistance is fueled by his refusal to grieve. 22 A PRIMER ON WORKING WITH RESISTANCE WHAT DO WE MEAN BY THE REPETITION COMPULSION? St. " Equally compellingly, Paul Russell (1980) has suggested that people, under the sway of the repetition compulsion, find themselves repeating what they would rather not. Both descriptions capture the essence of just how powerful, just how insidious, just how sabotaging, and just how relentless our unconscious repetitions can actually be.