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Menaker, D. (2010). Pièce de Résistance. Contemp. Psychoanal., 46(2):203-206.

(2010). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 46(2):203-206

Pièce de Résistance

Daniel Menaker

The author discussed his highly amateur theories about why popular culture often treats psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and their practitioners in broad and frequently comical or caricatured ways. He argues that the prolonged and often tedious nature of such treatment precludes “accurate” depictions and that the idea of resistance, which underlies therapy itself, accounts for audiences' desire to see the process as comical or heroic. It advises practitioners to get over their umbrage at these depictions but also suggests that the basic tenets of analysis and therapy are the only hope of saving the world.

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