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Smith, H.F. (2006). Analyzing Disavowed Action: The Fundamental Resistance of Analysis. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 54(3):713-737.

(2006). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 54(3):713-737

Plenary Address

Analyzing Disavowed Action: The Fundamental Resistance of Analysis

Henry F. Smith

Several detailed analytic hours illustrate how, with the analyst's full participation, patients use the words, setting, and activity of analysis to gratify the very wishes they are analyzing, and so disavow the work of analysis. These gratifications, which are hidden in plain sight, are themselves disavowed in the apparent pursuit of analytic understanding. In this way the patient's and the analyst's use of the analytic situation becomes the fundamental resistance to the work itself. This process shares features in common with perversion. The painful but necessary task for both analyst and patient is to analyze this process as it is occurring, moment by moment, in the real time of the hour.

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