Resistance is an unfortunate term for the manifestation of defense mechanisms in the treatment situation. Use of the word to a psychoanalytically unsophisticated patient may evoke undesired consequences because to a patient, it implies deliberate intent and thus, blame. From the patient's unconscious, or at time conscious, point of view, these defenses protect the individual from a variety of intrapsychic or interpersonal dangers. As long as these defenses are in play, the process of exploration and discovery comes to a halt. They must be understood and carefully analyzed for they are at the heart of the treatment impasse.
This book is written for the professional psychotherapist who may be puzzled why work with a particular patient or client is going nowhere. It brings to the therapist's attention a wide variety of these defenses, these resistances, so that they can be addressed and resolved.
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The Core Relationship Problem as Resistance
Constructing the Developmental Hypothesis
Countertransference Resistance and Therapeutic Impasse
Transference Resistance of the "Good Boy" and the "Good Girl"
The Sexualization of the Core Relationship Problem as Resistance
The Wish for Power as Resistance
Envy as Resistance
The "Constructed Self" as Resistance
The Need to Understand as Resistance
Common Attitudes as Sources of Resistance
Motives as Resistant
Symptoms as Resistant
Interpretation of Transference Resistance in Brief Psychotherapy
Epilogue, Refernces, Index
"Reflecting quite literally more than a half-century of clinical experience, Dr. Horner's new book offers compelling ways to think about the psychotherapeutic process. Armed with this superior understanding of resistance and the core relationship problem, readers of this well-constructed and well-written volume will return to their consulting rooms better prepared to break through resistance and, thereby, more effectively and confidently help their patients."—Alan M. Karbelnig, Ph.D., Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute
"Her clear exposition of theory and clinical cases renders her writings valuable for inexperienced therapists as well. Beginner and veteran alike will be better therapists after reading this book."—Dr. William Rickles, California Graduate Institute for Clinical Psychology, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis