chapter  9
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The Nondifficult Patient and the Nondifficult Analyst: Resolving the Impasse of Intersubjective Pseudoconjunction: Marc L. Miller

In a recent paper, Dr. Martin livingston (1996) introduced the term nondifficult to describe a categoty of patients who, in contrast to socalled "difficult" patients (Brandchaft and Stolorow, 1988), present "no threats to the analyst's identity, organizing principles, or sanity" (livingston, 1996, p. 142) in the course of psychoanalytic treatment. These are patients who have been generally neglected in the literature and are usually ignored in supervisoty sessions. Their treatment tends to meander along, often for extended periods of time, with both therapist and patient ostensibly content to meet week after week, month after month, with the therapist often feeling bored, and occasionally wondering whether any changes are really occurring, but unable or unwilling to do anything that might disrupt the mutual security that this type of therapy situation provides.