Vincenzo Bonaminio : « these anxieties are not mine ». the struggle to assimilate « foreign » sensations and « strange » affects

This article springs from an exploration of persecutory anxieties and defenses in adolescence, starting with the case of Osvaldo, who has been in analysis for four years. The article retraces the first three years of his treatment and shows the effect of these persecution anxieties on the construction of the transference and counter-transference, as well as their role of assimilating the Self when threats of disintegration and annihilation overwhelm the subject