By Martha Stark
"Martha Stark's primer on resistance is a distinct e-book. It takes because the center of the medical 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 is instantly 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 Stark will go back from their travels to their perform a lot informed, having encountered new principles and outdated ones in new varieties, greater capable of face the standard travails of psychotherapy."
–David E. Scharff, M.D.
"Every so frequently a publication emerges from the immense sea of analytic writings that startles in its creativity and usability. A Primer on operating with Resistance is simply one of these ebook.
Dr. Stark is as transparent as a bell. She manages advanced theoretical thoughts with sophistication and nice sensitivity for the cloth. for instance, the differences she makes among convergent and divergent clash, or among phantasm and distortion, are based. The query and resolution layout of the ebook is comforting for the newbie, and a pride for the more matured reader as well."
–Anne Alonso, Ph.D., Harvard clinical university
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Extra resources for A Primer on Working with Resistance
The conflicted patient is a defended patient is a resistant patient. We can think, then, of the resistance (as it gets played out in the treatment situation) as speaking to all those resistive forces within the patient that interfere with the analytic process, all those resistive forces that impede the patient's progress in the treatment, all those resistive forces that oppose the patient's movement toward health. Perhaps we could even say, with respect to the resistance, that one resists feeling what he knows he should feel and resists doing what he knows he should do.
It is to self psychology that we will look in order to enhance our understanding of the relationship between grieving and internalizing the good. The self psychologists have conceptualized a model for development of self structure in which empathic failure provides an opportunity for structural growth. More specifically, self psychology informs us that it is the experience of properly grieved frustration, against a backdrop of gratification, that provides the impetus for internalization and the laying down of structure.
HOW DO KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE OF REALITY RELATE TO ACCURACY OF PERCEPTION? The patient's knowledge of reality has to do with accurate perception, with the ability to perceive things as they really are, uncontaminated by the need for them to be otherwise. The patient's experience of reality, however, o(ten has more to do with inaccurate perception deriving from early-on experiences with the parental object. WHAT IS MEANT BY ILLUSION AND DISTORTION? The patient's misperceptions of reality are either unrealistically positive, which I will refer to as illusions, or unrealistically negative, which I will refer to as distortions.