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"Martha Stark's primer on resistance is a special booklet. 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 inquiring for assist in altering, after which do their point top to maintain swap from happening...
This is a piece that is immediately 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 informed, having encountered new principles and previous ones in new varieties, higher in a position to face the typical travails of psychotherapy."
–David E. Scharff, M.D.
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Dr. Stark is as transparent as a bell. She manages complicated theoretical suggestions 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 stylish. The query and solution structure of the publication is comforting for the newbie, and a satisfaction for the more matured reader as well."
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Within this man is tension between what he "should" let himself do and what he finds himself doing instead. 4 A PRIMER ON WORKING WITH RESISTANCE In general, patients both do and don't want to get better. They both do and don't want to maintain things as they are. They both do and don't want to get on with their lives. They both are and aren't invested in their suffering. They are truly conflicted about all the choices that confront them. The patient may protest that he desperately wants to change.
When a positive transference arises, tension is created within the patient between his knowledge of reality and his need for illusion. For example, the therapist does not have all the answers and, on some level, the patient knows this, but the patient nonetheless finds himself continuing to hope that the therapist does. When a negative transference arises, tension is created within the patient between his knowledge of reality and his need for distortion. For example, the therapist will not laugh at the patient and, on some level, the patient knows this (because the therapist has never laughed at him), but the patient nonetheless finds himself fearing that the therapist might.
33). So, too, with respect to the therapist. It will be only as the patient confronts the reality of what the therapist does not give him, MASTERING RESISTANCE BY WAY OF GRIEVING 31 and comes to terms with that, that he will be able to appreciate and to take in all those things that the therapist does give him. HOW DOES WORKING THROUGH THE TRANSFERENCE INVOLVE RELINQUISHING THE DEFENSES? The therapeutic work requires of the patient that he make his peace with the fact that the therapist is neither as good as he had hoped nor as bad as he had feared.
A Primer on Working with Resistance by Martha Stark