chapter  10
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Resistance

Traditionally, resistance implies that a person has specific goals which can be identified, like visiting a friend, doing homework, or writing a song. Any intrapersonal interference to moving in these directions is called a resistance, a stubborn barrier, alien to the person's natural behavior. The barrier must be removed, according to this view, so that the "right" goal may be reached. I Instead of seeking to remove the resistance, it is better to focus on it assuming that, at best, a person grows through resisting and, at worst, the resistance is nevertheless a part of his identity.2 Creative adjustment replaces the conventional term "resistance" in the vocabulary of Gestalt therapy. Resistance is the usual psychological characterization for the individual's seeming unwillingness to change or grow, or to accept the therapist direction .... But resistance is creative adjustment and organismic self-regulation. It is integral to the person's "being" in the world, and no approach driving at holistic solutions can ask a person to set aside parts ofthemselves.3