Jul 5, 2019
Resistance is a foundation in the practice of human
psychotherapy. It can be helpful in guiding therapy but can also
present challenges. Resistance is a foundation in the practice of
human psychotherapy. It can be helpful in guiding therapy but can
also present challenges.
How to work with resistance in therapy
Five forms of resistance:
2. Transference resistance
3. Gain from illness (perceived benefit)/assimilation of symptom into the ego
4. resistance requiring ‘working – through’ resulting from the
Repetition compulsion (similar to scripting)
Repetition compulsion is a psychological phenomenon in which a person repeats an event or its circumstances over and over again. This includes reenacting the event or putting oneself in situations where the event is likely to happen again. This "re-living" can also take the form of dreams in which memories and feelings of what happened are repeated, and even hallucinated.
Super Ego Resistances5. Resistances of guilt and the need for punishmentLeaning into Resistance
• “What you resist persists”.
• Pushing through resistance is mostly about getting to acceptance