Daniel Marcelli: primary narcissim and homosexuality in adolescence

The adolescent regularly shifts between the necessity of self identification and the need for self differentiation : homophilia is set, because of this fact, at the core of this process of adolescence, as we are first reminded. Between homophilia and the « question of homosexuality » the limit is certainly often slight, with the consultant and his patient constanly being confronted by the patient’s diverse variations of a homosexuality whether it be narcissistic, neurotic, perverse, fear of abandonment, etc.
This article focuses more precisely on the narcissistic component of homosexuality, considering the early mother infant relationship and attemps to distinguish the situation of the boy from that of the girl.
Several clinical cases are used as illustrations.