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*The Success
*The Success
Author: John Logan
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Resistance in the treatment situation refers to the ways, con­scious and unconscious, in which patients obstruct the aims and proc­ess of therapy. Silence, discussing trivia, missing appointments, avoiding charged topics are but a few of its concrete expressions. Whatever styles patients use to protect themselves from painful self- awareness, resistance is self-defeating and a major obstacle to thera­peutic progress unless worked with appropriately. The central focus of “The Success” is a particular style of resisting therapeutic involvement. Here, psychologizing and intellectualizing are used by an obsessional patient to avoid authentic feelings and direct contact with the thera­pist. In Logan’s story, the patient succeeds in his quest for failure. (21 pp.)

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