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The Functional Dialectic System Approach to Therapy for Individuals, Couples, and Families$
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Moshe Almagor

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669554

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669554.001.0001

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Resistance: Impeding and Facilitating Therapy

Resistance: Impeding and Facilitating Therapy

(p.125) 9 Resistance: Impeding and Facilitating Therapy
The Functional Dialectic System Approach to Therapy for Individuals, Couples, and Families

Moshe Almagor

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on interference that undermines the therapeutic in a form of resistance, power struggles, anger, and stuck therapy. Resistance is anything that hinders the therapeutic process that results from the patients’ unconscious wish to avoid the anxiety associated with their traumatic experiences, behaviors, unacceptable thoughts, wishes, or emotions. Power struggles are dialectic mechanism that restore, force, or maintain the system as a need provider. Anger is defined as a strong negative emotional reaction, indicating fierce displeasure that may lead to aggressive behavior. The chapter further presents conditions that can stall therapy.

Keywords:   resistance, power struggles, anger, stuck therapy, interference

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