The Success

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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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