By Martha Stark
"Martha Stark's primer on resistance is a different publication. It takes because the middle of the medical challenge the patient's reluctance to alter, that ubiquitous and paradoxical phenomenon of our paintings during which humans come to us soliciting for assist in altering, after which do their point top to maintain swap from happening...
This is a piece that's instantly 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 Stark will go back from their travels to their perform a lot expert, having encountered new rules and outdated ones in new varieties, larger capable of face the standard travails of psychotherapy."
–David E. Scharff, M.D.
"Every so frequently a booklet emerges from the giant sea of analytic writings that startles in its creativity and usability. A Primer on operating with Resistance is simply any such booklet.
Dr. Stark is as transparent as a bell. She manages advanced theoretical strategies 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 dependent. The query and solution structure of the publication 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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And so it is that the patient both needs his therapist to be the good parent he never had (in order to compensate for the damage sustained early on) and needs his therapist to be the bad parent he did have (so that his loyalty to the parent will not be jeopardized). HOW DO WE RECONCILE THE PATIENT'S FEAR OF THE BAD OBJECT WITH HIS NEED FOR IT? Although consciously the patient fears the bad object, unconsciously he has a need for it. In other words, the patient's fear of bad is experience-near and his need for bad is experience-distant.
Intrinsic to the patient's relentless pursuit of infantile gratification and intrinsic to his compulsive reenactments of his internal dramas is a wish to be contained. We say of the repetition compulsion, therefore, that it always has both an unhealthy aspect and a healthy aspect. The repetition compulsion is powered by the unhealthy need to keep things exactly as they have always been, a neurotic compulsion to repeat what is known, even if pathological. At the same time, the repetition compulsion is fueled by the healthy need to have, first, more of same and then something different, a healthy need to recreate in the here and now the original traumatic failure situation in the hope that perhaps this time the outcome will be better.
22 A PRIMER ON WORKING WITH RESISTANCE WHAT DO WE MEAN BY THE REPETITION COMPULSION? St. " Equally compellingly, Paul Russell (1980) has suggested that people, under the sway of the repetition compulsion, find themselves repeating what they would rather not. Both descriptions capture the essence of just how powerful, just how insidious, just how sabotaging, and just how relentless our unconscious repetitions can actually be. HOW DOES IT COME TO PASS THAT THE REPETITION COMPULSION HAS SUCH A PROFOUND IMPACT ON WHAT WE FEEL AND DO?
A Primer on Working with Resistance by Martha Stark