Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 227–233 | Cite as

Resistance revisited

  • Steve de Shazer


It was a coincidence that I was asked to talk about “resistance” at Ground Rounds at the University of Texas, Department of Psychiatry, on the tenth anniversary of mailing the first version of “Death of Resistance” to a journal in 1979. Although the paper was subsequently rejected 17 times and revised six times, it was eventually published inFamily Process (de Shazer, 1984). I still insist that the concept of resistance was a bad idea for therapists to have in their heads.


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© Human Sciences Press 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steve de Shazer
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  1. 1.Director of the Brief Family Therapy CenterMilwaukee

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