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5. Superego resistance of a sense of guilt and a need for punishment: This proposal of Freud’s has received relatively little attention in the subsequent psychoanalytic literature and is not discussed further here. maladaptive interpersonal patterns in and out of therapy constitute a “compromise formation,” or a partial solution to the conflict. The symptoms, or the maladaptive repetitive interpersonal patterns, then, are solutions to a problem of anxiety. At the most general level, Freudian psychoanalytic theory proposes that resistant behaviors occur in order to reduce the anxiety associated with the awareness of the unconscious conflicts and particularly of the drives or wishes that form their basis.
9. Attempts to prolong therapy unduly. 10. Placing unreasonable demands on the therapist. Note. Adapted from Newman (1994). Copyright 1994 by John Wiley & Sons. Adapted by permission. How Do Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches Work with Resistance in Clinical Practice? From a behavioral point of view, resistant behavior is seen as elicited by certain stimuli and maintained by response consequences. , a spouse who pays excessive attention to the client’s problematic behavior, inadvertently reinforcing such behavior).
Since these drives pose problems for the ego and are unacceptable to the superego, they undergo repression. As Eagle (1999) points out, neurotic symptoms and patterns of behavior are attempts to resolve a dilemma: To fail to gratify instinctual wishes entails the danger of being overwhelmed by excessive excitation, and to attempt to gratify instinctual wishes openly (that is, fail to repress them) risks intense anxiety which also entails the danger of being overwhelmed by excitation. However distressing neurotic symptoms and neurotic patterns may be, they are deemed, at some level, as preferable to the dangers entailed in the available alternatives.