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Levy-Warren, M.H. (2020). Whose Resistance is it Anyway? “Resistance” – and the Evolution of Self: A Discussion of “The Forward Edge of Resistance,” “Resist This,” and “From Resistance to Analytic Truth”. Psychoanal. Dial., 30(1):84-89.

(2020). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 30(1):84-89

Whose Resistance is it Anyway? “Resistance” – and the Evolution of Self: A Discussion of “The Forward Edge of Resistance,” “Resist This,” and “From Resistance to Analytic Truth”

Marsha H. Levy-Warren, Ph.D.

In considering the three papers that are unified under the umbrella of how to think about the concept of “resistance” in contemporary psychoanalysis, it is through my lens as a developmental psychoanalyst that their discussion unfolds. The papers, each from a different theoretical position, can be considered together if one looks at them from the perspective of the evolution of Self and how it plays out in the clinical exchange with psychoanalysts of different theoretical persuasions. Each of the authors presents a point of view that has resonance with aspects of what facilitates and what interferes in the development of Self. The forces and counter-forces in treatment mirror those forces in development. This paper was first presented at the Spring meeting of the Division of Psychoanalysis in 2014 in New York City as part of a panel entitled: “If it is Not Resistance, What is it?”

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