By Martha Stark
"Martha Stark's primer on resistance is a different booklet. It takes because the center of the scientific challenge the patient's reluctance to alter, that ubiquitous and paradoxical phenomenon of our paintings within which humans come to us requesting assist in altering, after which do their point most sensible to maintain switch from happening...
This is a piece that's right now a pragmatic advisor and a theoretical travel de strength. Readers who trip during this narrow quantity with Dr. Stark will go back from their travels to their perform a lot informed, having encountered new rules and outdated ones in new kinds, higher in a position to face the standard travails of psychotherapy."
–David E. Scharff, M.D.
"Every so frequently a e-book emerges from the big sea of analytic writings that startles in its creativity and usability. A Primer on operating with Resistance is simply one of these e-book.
Dr. Stark is as transparent as a bell. She manages complicated 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 solution layout of the booklet is comforting for the newbie, and a pride for the more matured reader as well."
–Anne Alonso, Ph.D., Harvard clinical college
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Angry but is determined to remain in control. upset but tries not to let it show. frightened but pretends he is not. disappointed but claims that all is well. THE CONCEPT OF RESISTANCE 5 WHY AND HOW DOES THE EGO DEFEND ITSELF? In each of the above situations, the patient is experiencing some affect that makes him feel anxious or uncomfortable. But he does not like feeling that way and so defends himself against the feeling by denying its existence, by protesting that he does not feel that way, or by insisting that he feels something else altogether; in any of a number of ways, the patient defends himself against the anxietyprovoking or painful affect.
WHAT ARE SOME MORE EXAMPLES OF CONFLICT? The patient would like to do well on his examination, and yet he just can't seem to make himself study. 6 A PRIMER ON WORKING WITH RESISTANCE The patient knows that he should talk about how angry he is with his father, but he does not yet feel ready to do that. The patient knows that he should try to come on time to his sessions, but he finds himself consistently arriving 5 to 10 minutes into the hour. The patient wants to remember his dreams, but he is unwilling to write them down.
It was not the patient who was unworthy and undeserving; it was his parent who was lacking. Instead of clinging to the illusion that he may someday be able to extract the goodies from his parent (or a stand-in for his parent), he must be able to accept the fact of his utter powerlessness to make his objects change. Once the patient begins to confront the reality of just how limited the parent really was and how great a price the patient has paid for those limitations, once he begins to face the unbearable pain of his disappointment that things were as they were, and once he finally gains access to his long-repressed outrage and sorrow, then the patient will be able to relinquish the distortions, illusions, and entitlement around which he has organized himself and his experience of the world.