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resistance (family psychotherapy glossary)

In the context of psychoanalysis, resistance consists of all forms of opposition by the patient to the analysis and the analyst. In family therapy, resistance refers to any aspect of the therapeutic system (including the family, the therapist, and the relevant context) that interferes with engagement in therapy or with the processes of therapeutic change.


Definition extracted with permission from Simon, Fritz, et al, Family Process, Inc.: Language of Family Therapy: A Systemic Vocabulary and Source Book (Family Process Press Series)