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ANY PATIENTS have personality characteristics that stand in the way of their rapidly working through a conflict. With these patients, a procedure such as configurational analysis can provide useful descriptive explanations that help us to understand and so to modify resistances. It is also a method to review what has happened after the completion of treatment.
The word "configurational" is used to indicate a patterned and understandable complexity composed of multiple variables. In dealing with the explanation of mental phenomena it is essential to consider how many variables interact since thoughts, emotions, and actions are overdetermined. Elements in thought recur but they also change according to any new factors in the present environment. Mental life is considerably af