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Busch, F. (1992). Recurring Thoughts on Unconscious Ego Resistances. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 40:1089-1115.

(1992). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 40:1089-1115

Recurring Thoughts on Unconscious Ego Resistances

Fred Busch, Ph.D.


Analysis of the unconscious ego resistances is one of those clinical concepts more honored in the breach than in the observance. This same point has been made periodically over the past fifty years. It has not been sufficiently realized that a true psychoanalytic understanding of resistance analysis could only begin with Freud's second theory of anxiety. Freud himself never fully embraced this theory, and clinical contributions since then have varied in their ability to use the techniques inherent in the second theory of anxiety. Recent contributions to the literature have not eliminated the espousal of theories of resistance based on earlier views of anxiety. Reasons cited for this include: the ambiguities in Freud's writing, the direction of the early ego theorists, and proclivities toward deeper interpretations.

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