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Hopelessness as a Type of Resistance


Resistance to therapy often mimics a resistance to living. This can appear as a chronic feeling of hopelessness about our life in general, our work, our willingness to make changes. These thoughts and feelings subjectively seem like they express reality. Yes, if we have undergone a significant loss, an illness, a financial crisis or other sudden or substantial change, then the feelings of loss and despair make sense. 

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The Most Common Type of Resistance

The most common type of resistance to therapy is running; running so fast that you run yourself out of therapy. Many of us suffer from high anxiety and one way to deal with that is to stay over-busy in order to avoid our underlying difficult feelings (fear, depression, unmet needs, etc.). So we run from text to text, activity to activity, phone call to phone call, lists, over-work and addictions. As we run, we lose contact with our authentic selves and our unhealthy habits take over. 

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