Tito Baldini : from hector to aeneas, by way of achilles

The analyst who accompanies the adolescent on his way to adulthood is identified in the transference with a sort of « Hector » and experiences his patient’s analytical process as a transfiguration of his being « Achilles » into his becoming Aeneas, the only hero who manages to make it to a satisfactory adulthood. Classical texts and mythological figures do provide supports and representations that are useful in working with adolescents, especially in helping the transference and counter-transference to develop.
Adolescence, 2013, T. 31, n°2, pp. 345-366.