Ambivalence in Psychotherapy: Facilitating Readiness to by David E. Engle PhD, Hal Arkowitz PhD

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By David E. Engle PhD, Hal Arkowitz PhD

Why is swap frequently so difficult to complete, even for those that spend huge time, cash, and energy within the try? How can remedy consumers get unstuck and paintings gradually towards wanted targets? This publication offers an integrative version of ambivalence in psychotherapy and provides potent, sensible how you can realize and care for it. Emphasis is given to 2 thoughts with major empirical help: motivational interviewing and the two-chair strategy. together with in-depth case examples and transcripts, the publication demonstrates easy methods to use those interventions as stand-alone remedies or combine them with different treatments for consumers suffering from addictive behaviors, melancholy, anxiousness, and different usually encountered difficulties.

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Types of Resistance in Freudian Psychoanalytic Theory 1. Repression: Keeping painful thoughts, fantasies, wishes, and feelings from conscious awareness in order to defend against anxiety. Since repression is the basis for the defenses of the ego, the operation of any defenses like denial, projection, and reaction formation constitute examples of resistance. 2. The repetition compulsion: The unconscious tendency to repeat in adult relationships patterns of behavior relevant to seeking satisfaction of childhood wishes and object choices.

Resistance is expected and occurs in the transference relationship, in which much of the work of psychoanalytic therapy occurs. , repression, denial, Theories of Resistance and Ambivalence 21 reaction formation) and will enact in the therapy relationship the various repetitive maladaptive interpersonal patterns of behavior that parallel his or her interpersonal problems outside of therapy. The therapist’s main strategy is interpretation of the client’s emotional experience, linking the present enactments in the transference relationship to conflicting earlier experiences.

As with other approaches, resistance in humanistic-experiential therapies is a response to anxiety or threat. It is the nature of the hypothesized threat that distinguishes this approach from the others. Resistance occurs mainly because of perceptions that are inconsistent with the individual’s view of his or her self-organization. This is true for both client-centered therapy and gestalt therapy. However, gestalt therapy emphasizes that the part of the person that resists change is the threatening one that must be kept out of awareness, but nonetheless influences the person and creates an internal conflict of which the person is unaware.

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