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resistance (Gestalt)

- a fundamental concept in Gestalt, mainly concerned with identifying the 'resistances' which prevent free movement round the cycles of contact or needs satisfaction, and the unfolding of the self. The main classical resistances are: confluence, introjection, projection and retroflection.

Definition excerpted with permission from Ginger, Serge International Glossary of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Seven languages including English. Order from FORGE at 183 rue Lecourbe; 75015 Paris, France) Paperback 1995.

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