When Things go Wrong

Alessandra Lemma, Mary Target and Peter Fonagy

in Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199602452
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729232 | DOI:
When Things go Wrong

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No matter how well trained or how much personal therapy we have undertaken, some of the time, we all get it wrong. This ‘getting it wrong’ may have different sources and meanings. It may indicate a momentary lapse in attentiveness for example, which says more about our state of mind than being the result of the patient's projections. There are also those occasions when things go ‘wrong’ because we are drawn into an enactment, responding to unconscious pressure from the patient to behave in particular ways that resonate with the interpersonal-affective focus (IPAF). This chapter discusses how to manage difficulties in the therapeutic relationship, forms of resistance, and working with resistance.

Keywords: DIT; personal therapy; therapist; patient

Chapter.  5918 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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