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    • Nam Nguyen

      By Nam Nguyen
      Resistance<=> In a medical context, resistance has several meanings. The walls of blood vessels exert resistance to the ?ow of blood and this rises as the diameters of the vessels diminish. This in turn leads to a rise in blood pressure: the phenomenon may be physiological or pathological. Resistance may also mean the extent of the body’s IMMUNITY – an indication of its ability to withstand disease. Another meaning relates to the development of resistance in a bacterium (see BACTERIA) to the e?ects on it of ANTIBIOTICS. In PSYCHOANALYSIS, resistance refers to the blocking-o? from a person’s consciousness of repressed emotions and memories. A psychoanalyst helps the patient to break this resistance and bring the repressed material out into the open. (See also REPRESSED MEMORY THERAPY.)