"Martha Stark's primer on resistance is a unique book. It takes as the heart of the clinical problem the patient's reluctance to change, that ubiquitous and paradoxical phenomenon of our work in which people come to us asking for help in changing, and then do their level best to keep change from happening... This is a work which is at once a practical guide and a theoretical tour de force. Readers who journey in this slim volume with Dr. Stark will return from their travels to their practice much educated, having encountered new ideas and old ones in new forms, better able to face the everyday travails of psychotherapy." -David E. Scharff, M.D. A Jason Aronson Book
Martha Stark, M.D., a graduate of the Harvard Medical School and the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, is a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst in private practice in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. Dr. Stark is on the faculty of both the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. She is also a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, has a teaching appointment at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, and is on the faculty of the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Part 1 Part I: Understanding Resistance Chapter 2 The Concept of Resistance Chapter 3 Resistance as Failure to Grieve Chapter 4 Mastering Resistance by Way of Grieving Chapter 5 Grieving, Internalization, and Development of Capacity Chapter 6 Development of Pathology Chapter 7 Working with the Transference Part 8 Part II: Clinical Interventions Chapter 9 Listening to the Patient Chapter 10 Responding to The Patient Part 11 Part III: Clinical Practice Chapter 12 The Cocoon Transference Chapter 13 The Positive Transference and Its Disruptions Chapter 14 The Negative Transference Chapter 15 The Attainment of Mature Hope