The Therapeutic Relationship And Interpersonal Relationships

1133 Words Dec 5th, 2015 5 Pages
It appears that for Jack, a major issue in both the therapeutic relationship and his interpersonal relationships is his tendency to utilize splitting based defense/coping mechanisms. When the interactions between Jack and Al and Jack and his therapist are mentioned, it is apparent that Jack tends to split. He feels that Al is completely against him and out to take advantage of him. He is also unable to consider things from Al’s point of view in order to better understand the reality of the situation. Another instance of this splitting behavior is noted when Jack accuses the therapist of stringing him along simply for more money and considers him on Al’s “side”. In fact the therapist noted that Jack believed that he was either completely on …show more content…
(Thoughts/beliefs Notes and pgs 300-306) Throughout his time in counseling Jack demonstrated signs of resistance. During one of his sessions, while discussing his past and his relationship with his mother, Jack stated “You can take the boy out of the home, but you can’t the home out of the boy.” Shortly after this insightful statement, Jack reverted back to being angry, critical, and trying to justify his perspectives and feelings toward Al. As he repeated this pattern over several sessions, this seems to demonstrate his resistance to discuss certain topics. This could be because these topics are uncomfortable to him or that he simple wants to discuss topics that he wants validation on. Jack also demonstrated more direct forms of resistance as demonstrated by his missing an appointment and arriving late to several others. This behavior along with the expressions of anger projected onto the therapist demonstrates Jack’s resistance towards both painful material and resistance towards the therapist. As his habit is to guide conversation towards Al and his associates, it may be that Jack’s goal is to prove that his issues are the faults of others and he may be attempting to use therapy as a method of venting hostility onto others by attempting to gain the therapist’s validation of these views. (Pgs 350, 352, 356, and Notes:
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