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  • A term used to describe (mainly) unconscious defensive acts to impede the progress of psychotherapy. Therapy clients may evidence resistance via overt actions during the therapy session, such as suddenly changing topics or losing their train of thought when difficult topics are touched on, or in more subtle ways, such as coming late to therapy sessions or missing them entirely. While resistance is ostensibly problematic, it is often considered to be positive by many who believe that it can be a sign that the therapist is approaching a core dilemma within the client. For more information, see Bystritsky (2006).

    10.4135/9781412972024.n2189

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