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Slochower, J. (2020). Resist This. Psychoanal. Dial., 30(1):64-72.

(2020). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 30(1):64-72

Resist This

Joyce Slochower, Ph.D., ABPP

The concept of resistance has fallen out of favor, particularly in relational psychoanalysis. We’ve associated “resistance” with traditional analytic models—with the idea that therapeutic action lies in overcoming a patient’s defensiveness via interpretation. I invite resistance back into relational thinking by relocating the concept dyadically—in the realm of enactment—and by considering the potential presence of individual resistance within a relational paradigm.

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