Resistance

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The Patient and the Analyst (1992) – Joseph Sandler, Christopher Dare, Alex Holder

p.  101 and 102

“… we commented on the importance Freud attached to the relation between transference and resistance.  The so-called ‘transference resistances’ were regarded as the most powerful obstacles in the path of psychoanalytic treatment (Freud 1912b, 1940a [1938]).  Thoughts and feelings involving the therapist may arise as a consequence of the patient’s tendency to re-experience repressed earlier important attitudes, feelings, and experiences instead of recalling (remembering) them.  These will tend to arise anew in the here-and-now of the analytic situation.  The development of such transferences from past figures to the analyst may unconsciously be felt to be extremely threatening.

Freud comments (1912b):

‘The patient who becomes dominated by a strong transference resistance is flung out of his real relation to the doctor … feels at liberty then to disregard the fundamental rule of psychoanalysis which lays down that whatever comes into one’s head must be reported without criticizing it … forgets the intentions with which he started the treatment, and … regards with indifference logical arguments and conclusions which only a short time before had made a great impression on him.'”

 

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