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Resistance

Psychodynamic and Behavioral Approaches

  • Paul L. Wachtel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Psychodynamic Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael Franz Basch
      Pages 3-23
    3. Herbert J. Schlesinger
      Pages 25-44
    4. Paul A. Dewald
      Pages 45-68
    5. Sidney J. Blatt, H. Shmuel Erlich
      Pages 69-91
  3. Behavioral Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Marvin R. Goldfried
      Pages 95-113
    3. Arnold A. Lazarus, Allen Fay
      Pages 115-132
    4. Donald Meichenbaum, J. Barnard Gilmore
      Pages 133-156
    5. Ira Daniel Turkat, Victor Meyer
      Pages 157-184
  4. Commentaries by the Authors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Michael Franz Basch
      Pages 187-196
    3. Sidney J. Blatt, H. Shmuel Erlich
      Pages 197-203
    4. Allen Fay, Arnold A. Lazarus
      Pages 219-231
    5. J. Barnard Gilmore, Donald Meichenbaum
      Pages 233-235
    6. Marvin R. Goldfried
      Pages 237-243
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 259-267

About this book

Introduction

RESISTANCE AND THE PROCESS OF THERAPEUTIC CHANGE Paul L. Wachtel Psychotherapy, whether practiced from a psychodynamic or a behavioral point of view,! is rarely as straightforward as textbooks and case reports usually seem to imply. More often the work proceeds in fits and starts (and often does not seem to be proceeding at all, but rather unraveling or moving backward). The "typical" case is in fact quite atypical. Almost all cases present substantial difficulties for which the therapist feels, at least some of the time, quite unprepared. Practicing psychotherapy is a difficult-if also rewarding-way to earn a living. It is no profession for the individual who likes certainty, predictability, or a fairly constant sense that one knows what one is doing. There are few professions in which feeling stupid or stymied is as likely to be a part of one's ordinary professional day, even for those at the pinnacle of the field. Indeed, I would be loath to refer a patient to any therapist who declared that he almost always felt effective and clear about what was going on. Such a feeling can be maintained, I believe, only by an inordinate amount of bravado and lack of critical self-reflection. But the therapist trying to get some ideas about how to work with 1 These are, of course, not the only two points of view in psychotherapy; nor do I believe they are the only two of value.

Keywords

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Editors and affiliations

  • Paul L. Wachtel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCity College of the City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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