hypnosis does not permit us to recognize the resistance with which the patient clings to his disease and thus even fights against his own recovery; yet it is this phenomenon of resistance which alone makes it possible to comprehend his behavior in daily life.

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The sentence does not specify who is able to comprehend the behaviour of the patient.

It merely states that the phenomenon of resistance makes it possible to comprehend....

It would be possible to insert a number of agents in the sentence, such as:

...makes it possible for him/us/one/doctors/analysts/the psychologist to comprehend...

The point that the statement is making is that under certain circumstances, the patient's behaviour is comprehensible, whether by the psychologist, the patient or a third party. Without more context, one doesn't know whether the author has someone specific in mind.


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